Pedestrian killed by train in SLO

February 16, 2016

Cal Poly LargeA 22-year-old man was struck and killed by a train Tuesday night near Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. It has not yet been disclosed if the victim was a student.

At about 5 p.m., the man was walking on Foothill Boulevard near California Avenue with headphones on when he was hit by an Amtrak passenger train. Emergency personnel then transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The identity of the deceased will not be released until his next-of-kin is notified.



  1. still laughing says:

    Since non of you are mind readers you might be more compassionate. Many people use trains as a way to commit suicide. This site has some of the ugliest people posting .

    • Ted Slanders says:

      still laughing,

      The one who is not compassionate is the person using a train to commit suicide! The stress and PTSD that is imposed upon the engineer is a lifetime of misery by seeing what is about to happen, and for the most part, they can’t do anything about it.

      If you don’t mind me saying so, I amstill laughing at your post.

      • shelworth says:

        Oh no! It’s happened! I agree with Ted!

        • Ted Slanders says:


          Logic and reason is hard to stay away from, it’s innate. I know, you can’t wait for further enlightenment, so stay tuned.

    • Rambunctious says:

      Using a train to commit suicide is like using a turkey baster to get pregnant…if may not work and you know it’s going to hurt. The point of my non sensitivity of this story is because we get this story monthly.

  2. Ted Slanders says:

    Fences installed by the Union Pacific in certain areas to keep people out, and then sections of said fences are cut out to take shortcuts. Union Pacific No Trespassing Signs are placed along their tracks in populated areas. Walking near, or on, the main line track with headphones on.

    One cannot legislate, nor can they put up enough fences and signs, to address the outright stupidity of certain people.

    In this case, trains don’t kill people, people do.

  3. Rambunctious says:

    I’m getting to the point where I’m kind of at peace with this weekly train hits pedestrian story. It’s obviously a cleansing of our gene pool. Just how stupid do you have to be to get hit by a train?

  4. mej says:

    Condolences to the family and friends. So sad for a young life to be lost.


    Once again Darwin has won a case in the human court.

  6. achillesheal says:

    There seem to be nearly as many train deaths as gun deaths on the central coast (if santa Maria is excluded). Maybe the geniuses in political office should consider banning trains.

    • paragon says:

      I realize your comparison was meant to be ironic, but a few differences between gun deaths and train deaths:
      1. People killed by the trains were engaged in negligent behavior – the same cannot be said for all gun deaths.
      2. Trains serve a vital purpose for commerce and provide benefits to society. Sure, guns are fun and can give people an aura of protection, but I wouldn’t say they serve a vital purpose for commerce.
      3. Gun ownership is protected by the bill of rights, train operation is not.

  7. SamLouis says:

    UP erected a steel fence to keep people away from the tracks and within one day there were holes cut into it so people could take shortcuts…

    Then again, I wonder why more weren’t hit back in the day when FAR more trains rumbled through town? Could it be a lack of situational awareness that comes from ear buds, loud music and the addiction that’s known as “texting while walking?”

  8. Paso_Guy says:

    Sounds like it was truely an accident. Wonder who will get sued despite the earphones?

    • TWEEKSBALMER says:

      Hopefully Amtrak sues the family, think of the poor Engineer he wasn’t doing anything but his job and a bozo with and electronic device walks in front of the train.

    • kayaknut says:

      If we learned anything from the former KSBY employee who was texting as she and killed while crossing a busy street, didn’t her family sue, the city of Pismo Beach, the Cliffs, maybe even the driver of the car, everyone they could but certainly no responsibility for the texter.

  9. obispan says:

    This will be no doubt cited as an argument against the Phillips 66 rail spur.

    • Bert says:

      Heartless. Why would you even say that? Using someone’s death as a way to bag on anti rail spur folks. You got some problems you need to address.

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