A pedestrian was hit by a train Sunday morning but, amazingly, suffered only minor injuries, according to the Santa Barbara Fire Department.
The department’s dispatch received a call of a pedestrian hit by a train at 8:07 a.m. with the initial report coming from Garden Street and the Union Pacific railroad tracks, a quarter-mile east from that intersection, Battalion Chief Robert Mercado said.
An American Medical Response ambulance was the first on the scene, Mercado said, and because of the potential injuries of a train incident, the fire department sent out a rescue truck equipped with hydraulic tools that would allow crews to free a person trapped underneath a vehicle.
“AMR made patient contact, and it appeared that the person was clipped by a train and had minor injuries,” he said, adding that paramedics were able to walk the person to a nearby gurney. “Usually if someone is hit by a train, there’s not much we can do, but this person survived.”
Mercado said its unknown why the individual was walking along the railroad tracks at that time.