An Amtrak commuter train struck and killed a young man trespassing on Union Pacific railroad tracks Friday in the 500 block of Cleveland Avenue in Albany, authorities said.
The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau identified the man as , 20, of Piedmont and added that his death "appears to be an accident at this point."
Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt said the incident took place about a quarter-mile from the designated crossing at Central Avenue.
He said it appears Raushenbush and a male companion "were spraying graffiti in the area before the Amtrak train came along. As it was still dark at the time of the incident, it is likely the two individuals could not tell which track the approaching train was on."
The identity of the companion, a male, is not being released because he is a minor, Hunt said.
Vernae Graham, Amtrak spokeswoman, said the accident happened at 6:02 a.m. The Capitol Corridor train had left from Sacramento and was headed for San Jose.
The incident did not happen at a crossing, she said, and all tracks were open as of 9:15 a.m.
Earlier, trains were "single tracking" through the area while the Alameda County coroner's office completed its investigation. Trains were running 30 to 60 minutes behind schedule but, as of noon, were back on time.
There were no injuries to any of the 52 passengers on board Amtrak train number 521. They were transferred to another train to continue to their destinations, she said.
Hunt explained that Union Pacific owns the Albany tracks, though Amtrak leases them to operate in the area.
Union Pacific's most recent trespasser fatality happened about two weeks ago in Manteca, in the Central Valley, he said.
He added that California leads the nation as far as pedestrian fatalities, with 57 reported in 2009, the most recent year available. Texas had the second highest number of fatalities last year, with 31 dead.
"Fortunately our safety record continues to improve year after year," he said. "It's something we work really hard at."
TRACK FACTS AND TIPS FROM OPERATION LIFESAVER
- Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and equipment are private property. Walking or playing on them is illegal and dangerous. Trespassers can be arrested and fined.
- The only legal, safe place to cross tracks is at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings. Observe and obey all warning signs and signals.
- Do not walk, run, cycle or operate all terrain vehicles on railroad tracks, rights-of-way or through tunnels.
- There are approximately 160,000 miles of track operated in the United States according to the Association of American Railroads.
- Do not attempt to jump aboard railroad equipment at any time. A slip of the foot can cost you a limb, or your life.