A 22-year-old man failed to clear some train tracks in Carlsbad Thursday night and was struck and killed by an oncoming freight train, officials confirmed.
According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, at around 11:20 p.m., the man -- now identified as Patrick Joseph Terrin -- attempted to cross the tracks at Mile Post Marker 229.1 near Grand Avenue and State Street.
Just then, a northbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) freight train approached and hit Terrin on the tracks. He died at the scene.
Deputies said the deadly accident was witnessed by several people. The grade crossing warning system was activated and working when the train approached.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information should contact the sheriff’s department at (858) 565-5200.