Train crashed into man in Pismo Beach

May 4, 2019

After reports of a man struck by a train in Pismo Beach of Friday, law enforcement and fire personnel conducted an extensive search, with officers temporarily giving up before eventually locating the person in the emergency room. [Cal Coast Times]

The man, later identified as 38-year-old Brian Doherty, survived the collision with non-life threatening injuries to his arm and hand. Doherty was struck by a train while walking near the 400 block of S. Dolliver Street at about 5 p.m., according to the Pismo Beach Police Department.

Starting at about 5:35 p.m., Pismo Beach police conducted an extensive search of the area with help from Grover Beach officers, Five Cities fire personnel, Cal Fire, San Luis Ambulance and a CHP helicopter. Authorities called off the search after they failed to find Doherty.

Then at 6:28 p.m., authorities located Doherty at the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Emergency Room. Doherty said he was given a ride to the emergency room after being struck by the train.

The incident halted Amtrak train traffic in the area for more than an hour.


The train didn’t do anything without its engineer. The headline should probably read “Engineer steers train toward man trying to reduce greenhouse emissions by bicycling”.


Headlines for these things make me crazy! “Train crashed into man in Pismo Beach”, NO, “idiot on train tracks gets hit by train” would be a lot more accurate!


Awesome headline shelworth! I think you should be a technical advisor for CCN.


Train crashed into man?…shouldn’t it read man gets in way of moving train?…