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Man struck and killed by train identified

A northbound Amtrak train involved in a fatality waits on the tracks north of the accident scene while the investigation continued Saturday night.
A northbound Amtrak train involved in a fatality waits on the tracks north of the accident scene while the investigation continued Saturday night. Laura Dickinson

The man struck and killed by an Amtrak train Saturday night has been identified as Aaron Matthew Wolf, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

Wolf was struck by the train about 8 p.m. on the railroad tracks east of Sweet Bay Lane in rural San Luis Obispo. The circumstances regarding the incident are under investigation by the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office, the news release said.

San Luis Obispo police and fire first responded to the incident, and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene later.

The northbound Amtrak train 777 had 24 passengers aboard when it struck the man, according to Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham. The train was delayed for three hours and three minutes, and it continued operations at 11:01 p.m., Graham said. She did not know how fast the train was traveling when it hit the pedestrian. The maximum speed limit in the area is 60 mph.

On Sunday morning, the same train struck and killed a 19-year-old woman in Goleta, Graham said. The Goleta incident is believed to be an apparent suicide, according to a news release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. The southbound train was headed for Oceanside.

Danielle Ames: 805-781-7902

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