Possible Suicide-by-Train on Sunday

Man in His Sixties Died When Amtrak Runs over His Body near State Street

Monday, February 4, 2013
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A northbound Amtrak train struck and killed a 60- to 65-year-old man shortly after 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon near the railway’s intersection with Anacapa Street.

Santa Barbara Police Sergeant Eric Beecher said the victim was lying on the tracks when the engine made contact, indicating that the collision could have been intentional. The train involved stopped just shy of the Amtrak station on lower State Street, where City Fire and the police cordoned off the intersection to clean and inspect the train.

Amtrak traffic was delayed Sunday evening due to a fatal train stike (Feb 03, 2013)
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Paul Wellman

Amtrak traffic was delayed Sunday evening due to a fatal train stike (Feb 03, 2013)

Calls to Amtrak’s national media center went unanswered, but an Amtrak station attendant expected the involved train to be moving again “any minute,” and another train bound for Goleta was held in Carpinteria for several hours. Beecher said Amtrak trains involved in collisions must switch conductors, further delaying the lines.


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Gee, if only the Cold Springs Bridge was open for business all them trainbound folks wouldn't have been delayed, eh?

Draxor (anonymous profile)
February 4, 2013 at 11:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Exactly, Draxor.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
February 4, 2013 at 5:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Open for business as usual:

eightdolphins (anonymous profile)
February 4, 2013 at 6:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How very sad that someone reached that point to end their life that way. I feel bad for his family.

CManSB (anonymous profile)
February 6, 2013 at 3:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

8D: Missed that story. Musta pole vaulted. Either that, or his spider senses kicked in and he scumbled up and over.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
February 6, 2013 at 9:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

All people need to do to defeat the new barrier is park their car next to it, climb on the roof, and then climb over the barrier. Unlike other bridges that have installed barriers, there is no sidewalk or railing to prevent people from doing this. People warned Caltrans about this years ago, but they didn't listen ...

eightdolphins (anonymous profile)
February 6, 2013 at 10:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

More misery and sorrow in Paradise. The contrast between the have's and have-nots really shows what a dystopia this is.

A few suicides here, a few there, another homeless person dead, a kid stabbed by another gangbanger, and then the public just sort of gets used to it and whistles past the graveyard. All this for a 931.. zip code.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
February 6, 2013 at 3:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Welcome to Rome.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 6, 2013 at 4:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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