Man Killed by Train in Encinitas

The fatality was reported at 8:25 a.m.

Last Update: 4:00 p.m.

A man was struck and killed by a train Tuesday morning near along the railroad tracks near the 700 block of Vulcan Avenue and F Street.

The victim—an adult male—died on the scene, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Deputy Ed Macken.

Details of the death and the victim’s identity will be determined by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office, Macken added.

Deputies responded to the event at 8:22 a.m.


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Barbara Yost March 05, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Another reason for a fence with limited crossing points!! Actually a fence with many crossing points only safer ones!!!
Surfing Siren March 05, 2013 at 06:30 PM
get the making of the pedestrian bridges speeded up!
Fred B March 05, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Yeah, that's what I want to see when I look at the ocean...long fences and crossing gates, instead of the wonderful ocean. I am sorry, I didn't realize they were burying the tracks in such a way as to make them indistinguishable from the surrounding area (being facetious here) . I mean, the two parallel steel tracks, fading far away into the distance didn.t give them a cluer? OR...how about the sound of the oncoming train or the loud and repeating HORN!!! Didn't that give enough of a clue? NO? I don't need new barriers in my life. I don't need "protection" from non-events or from obvious risks. I watch where I walk. Stop making my life more complicated, because some poor soul decided to end their life by train!!
againstthegrain March 05, 2013 at 08:27 PM
I'm away from Encinitas for a few months, living in Christchurch, NZ. Christchurch is a much bigger city than Encinitas, but like Encinitas, most of the city is made up of small neighborhoods. Christchurch retains a very attractive small town atmosphere in many parts of the city, making it feel very much like the west side of Encinitas. However one of the differences that is most evident to me is that Christchurch is far more pedestrian-friendly, even though there are lots of cars and buses using the roads. Our family is easily getting around to school, work, and shops on foot, bike, and bus, though driving is the standard method of middle class transportation throughout Christchutch. Lots of elderly and disabled folks are out and about on foot, and school children mostly go to and from school without car rides from their parents. I've seen many pedestrian rail road crossings on active rails, all at grade level, all quite simply constructed with highly visible signs and "hair pin" turns at the pedestrian walkway approaches on each side of the track, and all apparently quite safe. There is even an active train track that runs along my teenage son's NZ high school boundary, with at-grade crossings in two places very close to the school campus entries. Hundreds of students and other pedestrians safely cycle and walk across the tracks at this location at least twice a day without expensive bridges or trenches.
Daniel Woolfolk March 05, 2013 at 09:50 PM
I just deleted a comment for using offensive words against the deceased. Please remember to be respectful—even if we don't know this person's identity. Families do read these comments and they can add to the trauma. Here are our terms of use: http://encinitas.patch.com/terms
Lisa March 06, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Good for you Daniel. So terribly disrespectful and insensitive.
Daniel Woolfolk March 06, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Thank you!
Robert Paulson March 06, 2013 at 02:58 AM
What I wrote was valid and I was speaking generically, not specifically. If you're too ignorant to see that, you aren't qualified to be a moderator.
Daniel Woolfolk March 06, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Robert, the comment above was your warning. Because of your response and because I had to delete profane comments of yours on another story, I have suspended your account. This behavior is not allowed anywhere on Patch. Daniel
Coastal Guy March 06, 2013 at 05:09 AM
Truly sad, but very few train vs. pedestrian incidents are non-intentional.
Al Ein March 06, 2013 at 06:02 AM
Thank God you will never be voted in as a City Council Member. Clueless! But the KLCC sure love you.
Coastal Guy March 06, 2013 at 06:55 AM
What is KLCC?
Al Ein March 06, 2013 at 02:12 PM
KLCC= Keep Leucadia Crappy Club - http://www.theleucadiablog.com/2013/01/the-keep-leucadia-crappy-club.html
Al Ein March 06, 2013 at 02:16 PM
More At Grade Crossing Please- At grade cost about $250k. Grade Seperated like the monster built at Swami's is $6,000,000. which do you really think the City can afford to build? The money they spent on the one crossing built could have funded the construction of 24 at grade crossings. Now thats what I am talking about. And then you get the whole area to be a Quiet Zone so no horns are required at the crossing. Just like downtown San Diego has done and just like Orange County is doing. Why was our past leaders soooo stupid?
Surfing Siren March 06, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Al, I don't care what kind of crossings they are, just speed them up! If the cheaper ones are safe for kids to cross, that is fine with me.
Jay Berman March 06, 2013 at 05:22 PM
So if someone wants to kill themselves they will just go to an at grade crossing ... I have a hard time believing people are getting hit by trains by accident ...
Melissa Spiegler March 06, 2013 at 06:09 PM
I've grown up in Encinitas and through the years, we've had our share of train accidents or fatalities. As children we grew up learning that if you hear or see a train coming and you're about to cross the track...Don't ....If you can see that train coming...Definitely Don't Cross, unless of course if you have a subconscious death wish. It's closer than you think. If you trip, it's Hasta La Vista Baby People think they can cross the track easily in a quick amount of time considering the tracks aren't very wide. Many people make the mistake of believing that if they hear an oncoming train that the train will be able to stop in time However, a 150-car freight train traveling 50 miles per hour will take over a mile to stop! Amtrak passenger trains travel non-stop through Encinitas. Be cautious when crossing train tracks and to those Red and Green Lights . If they're on, a train isn't too far behind.
Edward Borlenghi March 06, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Seems to be like it was either a suicide or somebody listening to headphones so loud he couldn't hear the train. Either way, it's a sad occurrence.
Nici Asten March 06, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Do the trains in Christchurch come barreling through at about 80 mph as the Amtrak trains do through Encinitas?


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