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Person Seen Taking Photo Struck by Train in Del Mar

The collision occurred at 13th Street and Ocean Avenue just after 1:30 p.m.

A person trespassing near the railroad tracks in Del Mar was taking a photo when he was struck by a train, San Diego County Sheriff's officials (SDSO) said. 

The collision occurred near the Bluffs at 13th Street and Ocean Avenue just after 1:30 p.m. The location is south of Seagrove Park.

At the time of the collision, the train engineer saw three pedestrian trespassers standing near the railroad tracks, deputies said. The train was traveling 35 to 40 miles per hour.

The train used its horn to urge the pedestrian to move, but the man near the tracks did not move, deputies said. 

One of the men was using the camera on his phone near the tracks to take a picture when he was struck by the train, deputies said. 

Just before 2 p.m., Pacific Surfliner posted to its Twitter account reporting that Train 572 would be delayed for up to 90 minutes.

San Diego County Sheriff's Deputies and firefighters responded to the scene. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital.

On November 29, a train struck a pedestrian near 15th Street and Coast Boulevard, less than a quarter mile away from Thursday's incident.

A man in his 60s or 70s stepped toward the railroad tracks at the designated pedestrian crossing right before the collision, deputies said.  The train turned on its emergency breaking, but struck the man right as he stepped onto the tracks, deputies said. He was pronounced dead on scene.

Anyone with information about this case can call the Sheriff's Department's non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200.

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