A woman walking her dog along the railroad tracks was struck and killed by a train in Del Mar Wednesday evening, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO).
The incident occurred at 5:02 p.m. on the 100 block of 11th Street near Stratford Court.
The woman was walking her dog northbound along the tracks when she was struck by a northbound Coaster train traveling at approximately 48 miles per hour, SDSO said. She had been attempting to cross the tracks.
A man who lives near the train tracks told NBC 7, the area is a very popular point for people trying to cross the tracks to get to the beach.
"Somebody lost their life and they have a family, so it's tough," said Al Tarkington.
He said some nights, approximately 50 people will cross the tracks to watch the sunset.
"People cross all the time and 99 percent of the people are safe and look both ways and watch," Tarkington said.
Both the woman and her dog were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Medical Examiner's office is not releasing the woman's identity pending family notification.
No other information was available.
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