A man was struck and killed by a train on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton early Saturday morning, sheriff’s officials said.
The 2:18 a.m. collision involved a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway freight train that was traveling near mile marker 219.5 on North County Transit District tracks, which run through base, sheriff’s Sgt. Jason King said in a news release.
Military police and Camp Pendleton fire personnel responded to the scene and declared the man dead due to the injuries he sustained, King said.
This is at least the fifth person who has been hit and killed on coastal train tracks this year after four deaths occurred last month in the span of five days.
The Sheriff’s Transit Enforcement Unit, which investigates incidents that occur along NCTD routes, which BNSF uses, responded to the scene to conduct an investigation. Officials did not say why the man was on the tracks.
The Medical Examiner’s Office had not released the name of the victim or cause of death as of Saturday evening. Anyone with information about this case can call the Sheriff’s Department’s non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200.
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