A 40-year-old man was fatally hit by a freight train in San Diego’s North County early Saturday morning marking the second such incident in the area in just over 24 hours.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said this latest train death happened around 1:50 a.m. at Mile Post Marker 238.2 in the 900 block of South Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas.
Officials said a man was struck and killed by a northbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) freight train – the same type of train that fatally hit a 22-year-old man in Carlsbad Thursday night.
In the Encinitas case, witnesses told investigators that the man was sitting on the west rail of the tracks with his head in his hands, looking downward, as the train approached.
The freight train activated its horn and emergency braking system but was unable to stop before hitting the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not immediately released.
The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information should contact the sheriff’s department at (858) 565-5200.
Meanwhile, the victim from Thursday’s fatal train case in Carlsbad was identified Friday as Patrick Terrin. Officials said Terrin was struck by a BNSF freight train as he attempted to cross the tracks at Mile Post Marker 229.1 near Grand Avenue and State Street. In that instance, officials said the grade crossing warning system was activated and working when the train approached.