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Man Struck, Killed by Train in Apparent Suicide Near State Street

Victim tentatively identified as 63-year-old Santa Barbara resident

An Amtrak passenger train is stopped near State Street in Santa Barbara on Sunday after a man was struck and killed in an apparent suicide. The victim was tentatively identified as a 63-year-old Santa Barbara man.

An Amtrak passenger train is stopped near State Street in Santa Barbara on Sunday after a man was struck and killed in an apparent suicide. The victim was tentatively identified as a 63-year-old Santa Barbara man.  (Joe Buttitta / KEYT News photo)

By Tom Bolton, Noozhawk Executive Editor | @tombol | updated logo 8:24 p.m. |

A man was struck and killed by a passenger train in Santa Barbara on Sunday afternoon in what appeared to be a suicide, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department.

The incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. as a northbound Amtrak train was approaching the Santa Barbara depot, said police Lt. Paul McCaffrey.

“The conductor saw a man walking along the tracks near the Anacapa Street crossing,” McCaffrey said. “The man turned to notice the train was approaching, then lay down across the tracks, straddling one of the rails.”

The man was struck by the train and dragged almost a block, nearly to the State Street crossing, McCaffrey said.

Due to the condition of the victim’s remains, confirming his identification was not possible, McCaffrey said, but items recovered suggested he was a 63-year-old Santa Barbara man.

The train was delayed while authorities investigated the incident and recovered the victim’s remains, McCaffrey said. State Street also was shut down in the area.

A determination that it was a suicide will be up to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Division, “but it looked intentional to us,” McCaffrey said.

McCaffrey noted that such incidents can be very traumatic for train crews.

“Events like this can be very stressful to the conductor who looks out front and sees that man’s going to be killed just prior to it happening,” he said.

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» on 02.04.13 @ 01:44 PM

I live in summerland every time there is a death by train the sound of the mournful train whistle seems more sad reminding me and others of the most recent incidents
what a terrible way to kill ones self, my heart goes out to the train crew

» on 02.04.13 @ 04:29 PM

This is so rude on the part of the decedent…..as the article said, the train crews are traumatized by this.  And if you want to commit suicide, please don’t do it at home where your parents or friends will find you…..it’s your choice you want to commit suicide…..not anyone elses…..

» on 02.05.13 @ 01:06 AM

It’s sad that this man couldn’t find a way to resolve his problems.  I have seen so many people with a terminal illness that wanted to live so desperately, and then someone else decides they cannot cope and make a mess for others to clean up.

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