Train strikes San Luis Obispo woman
February 7, 2015
An Amtrak passenger train collided with a woman in San Luis Obispo Friday evening, leaving her in critical condition.
Shortly after 8 p.m., the northbound train struck the woman about a half-mile south of Orcutt Road, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department. Emergency responders treated the victim at the scene before transporting her to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.
The Amtrak engineer said the woman was walking with a man, one of whom was pushing a bicycle, as the train approached.
The man evaded the train and ran away, but later returned to the scene. He identified himself as Scott Moore.
Moore said he was returning from the Marigold Shopping Center and about to cross the tracks when he ran into the woman, who had a bicycle with her. She warned him the train was coming, and it whizzed by him.
Both the woman and Moore are homeless and have lived in the area for years, Moore said. After the accident, he ran into the nearby mobile home of a friend, who told him to go back and talk to police.
The collision did not injure any passengers on the train, according to the police department. Traffic on the rails stopped for about 90 minutes as police and railroad investigators examined the scene.
Police are not yet releasing the name of the victim.