A man was fatally struck by an Amtrak train in Moorpark as he was leaving flowers for a person who had also been killed by a train in the area, Ventura County Sheriff’s officials said.
The incident was reported about 11:30 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Avenida Colonia and Nogales Avenue. The passenger train was going about 70 mph when the man was struck on the railroad tracks, officials said. The train made an emergency stop about 525 feet from the crash. Authorities said 226 passengers and the crew were on the train at the time of the crash, but no one else was injured.
The victim, described as a 47-year-old Moorpark resident, was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses told authorities that the man was leaving flowers on the tracks for a person who was killed Nov. 24. It is unclear why that person was on the tracks, but the Ventura County Star reported that witnesses advised the man to get off the tracks before a Pacific Surfliner train came through, but he did not get out of the way in time.
The newspaper identified that victim as Robert Melgoza, 38.
The track was shut down for more than two hours during the investigation.
Authorities reminds residents of the dangers of walking on or near railroad tracks.