SACRAMENTO - A man walking along the tracks in east Sacramento Friday morning was hit and killed by a train.
Union Pacific spokesperson Aaron Hunt said the approaching train sounded the horn but the man did not move from the tracks.
Hunt issued the following written statement:
"All of us at Union Pacific work hard to raise awareness that railroad property is never a safe place to be. Entering railroad property outside of a designated railroad crossing is trespassing. Union Pacific Police and local law enforcement have the ability to issue citations to anyone trespassing on railroad property. The fee to clear the citation is determined by the court with jurisdiction and can run up to $300 or more. The only time a pedestrian should ever be near the tracks is when she/he is crossing at a designated railroad crossing. "
Hunt cautioned that freight trains are deceptively quiet and depending on prevailing winds, people may not hear them approaching with sufficient time to get out of the way.