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Bicyclist struck and killed by Amtrak train in Goleta

A man riding his bicycle on the tracks was struck from behind and killed Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Goleta.
A man riding his bicycle on the tracks was struck from behind and killed Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Goleta.

A man who was riding his bicycle on the tracks was struck by a train and killed Thursday afternoon in Goleta, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

The victim, a 50-year-old man, was riding north when he was hit from behind by the Pacific Surfliner passenger train, which was slowing for the Amtrak station in Goleta, said Mike Eliason, a Fire Department spokesman. The train engineer honked the horn and applied the brakes but was unable to avoid hitting the man, Eliason said.

The incident was reported shortly after noon in the area of San Pedro Creek and David Love Place, near the western edge of the Twin Lakes Golf Course.

The victim was declared dead at the scene. His name with withheld pending notification of relatives.

As is customary in such incidents, the train’s crews was being replaced with a crew coming up from Los Angeles, Eliason said.

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