1 struck, killed by SMART train in Santa Rosa

Courtesy: Santa Rosa Fire Department.

SANTA ROSA (KRON)– One person was struck in killed by a SMART Train Wednesday morning, according to the Santa Rosa Fire Department.

KRON4’s Robin Winston says traffic is jammed from Hearn Avenue in both directions.

SMART trains are delayed by 40 minutes.

Here is the full statement from police:

On Wednesday January 31st ,2018, at 7:37am, Santa Rosa Police Officers were dispatched to Hearn Avenue and the railroad tracks for a collision involving a pedestrian and a Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) train. Initial reports from witnesses indicated that a woman was struck by the train on the railroad tracks. She appeared severely injured and unresponsive.

Officers arriving at the scene found a female pedestrian on the dirt shoulder of the west side of the train tracks. She was located approximately 100 feet south of Hearn Avenue. Fire and medical personnel attended to the female, but she was immediately pronounced deceased at the scene. The SMART train had stopped south of the victim on the tracks. The train was occupied with passengers at the time of the collision. No one on the train was injured.

Santa Rosa Police Accident Investigators responded to the scene along with representatives from SMART. Further investigation revealed that the female victim was standing on the railroad tracks on the north side of Hearn Avenue at the railroad crossing. The train did not have time to stop prior to striking the victim. The train engineer utilized the train’s horns to warn the female pedestrian prior to the collision. It appears she was killed instantly. All train crossing controls appeared to be functioning correctly at the time of the collision, based on witness accounts.

The female victim has been identified as Marion Harrison, a 64-year-old resident of Santa Rosa. Based on the information the police department has obtained at this time, this incident is being investigated as a possible suicide. No foul play is suspected. An autopsy is still pending.

The SMART train involved in the collision did not return to the normal route and was inspected by SMART train personnel. The railroad tracks at the scene and the railroad crossing arms were also inspected prior to opening up Hearn Avenue to through traffic.

Anyone that witnessed this collision is encouraged to contact Officer Jeff Woods of the Santa Rosa Police Department Traffic Bureau at (707) 543-3636.

 

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