UPDATE: Man killed after being hit by train was from Paso Robles

UPDATE 2:10 p.m. Tuesday: The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office has identified the man hit and killed by a train Monday in Paso Robles as James Steven Dahlgren, 59, of Paso Robles.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, said Tony Cipolla, Sheriff's Office spokesman.


A man died just before 6 p.m. Monday after being struck by a northbound Amtrak passenger train near 24th Street in Paso Robles, police said.

Police describe the man as white and about 60 years old. Authorities aren't disclosing his name until his next of kin are notified.

The man was found laying on the railroad tracks with the northbound train stopped nearby, according to a statement from police.

Authorities are treating the incident as a suspicious death during their investigation.

"When it’s a train versus pedestrian, it's suspicious in nature until we determine what happened," Lt. Tim Murphy said.

Police were notified of the incident by a 911 call at 5:36 p.m., Murphy said.

Personnel from the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services and San Luis Ambulance tried to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead on the scene.

Authorities believe the man was a pedestrian and no vehicles are believed to be involved, Murphy said.