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Sheriff’s Office identifies bicyclist killed by Amtrak train in Goleta

A man killed Thursday, July 20, 2017, while riding his bicycle on the train tracks has been identified as Goleta resident Edmund Alexander Backus, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
A man killed Thursday, July 20, 2017, while riding his bicycle on the train tracks has been identified as Goleta resident Edmund Alexander Backus, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

A man killed Thursday while riding his bicycle on train tracks has been identified as Goleta resident Edmund Alexander Backus, 51, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Backus was struck and fatally injured about noon near the Goleta Amtrak station. The Sheriff’s Office said he was wearing headphones when he was hit from behind by the Pacific Surfliner passenger train, which was headed north.

The incident took place in the area of San Pedro Creek and David Love Place, near the western edge of the Twin Lakes Golf Course. The train was slowing for a stop at the Amtrak station in Goleta. The Coroner’s Bureau has determined that the cause of death was an accident.

The train engineer saw Backus on the tracks and activated the horn, whistle and braking system, but the man did not respond, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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