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Woman hit by train in San Luis Obispo is 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

San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s officials have identified the woman who died after being struck by a train in San Luis Obispo on Jan. 4 as 54-year-old Saralee Lua.

Lua, a transient, was hit by an Amtrak train at 8:46 p.m. on the railroad tracks near Tank Farm Road, police Lt. Bill Proll said in a previous interview.

Proll said Lua was lying in between the two sets of tracks, not on the tracks, when she was struck by the northbound train.

She was alive when authorities arrived and was taken to a local hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

The manner of death was accidental, according to a news release from the county Sheriff’s Office. The cause of death was listed as exsanguination, or extensive blood loss, from blunt force trauma injuries. Toxicology results are pending.

A separate train fatality on Jan. 9 killed 19-year-old Aaron Matthew Wolf, a Cal Poly student from Martinez. Sheriff’s officials said Wednesday that they determined his death was a suicide.

The cause of death was listed as multiple blunt force trauma, and toxicology results are pending and should be available in six to eight weeks.

Wolf was struck by the train about 8 p.m. on the railroad tracks east of Sweet Bay Lane in rural San Luis Obispo.

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