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trolley-lightsSAN DIEGO – Authorities identified Sunday a tow truck driver who was struck and killed by an Amtrak train at a railroad crossing in Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

Shaun William Riddle, 27, was apparently assisting the owner of a broken-down SUV just west of the train tracks at Chesterfield Drive around 2:35 p.m. when the southbound Surfliner hit his flatbed tow truck, San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office said Sunday.

The Amtrak train was approaching the intersection where the truck was parked between the closed crossing arms Saturday, when Riddle attempted to move it out of the train’s path, authorities said.

He was unable to move it in time and the train demolished the rig and killed him, authorities said.

The southbound train stopped at the Solana Beach station, where several of the 125 passengers aboard were treated for minor injuries. Passengers were transferred to another train or buses, and the tracks were reopened shortly before 5 p.m.

An autopsy had not been scheduled as of Sunday.


  • michael rivenburgh

    My deepest regards go to the drivers family and loved ones my heart and prayers are with you. He gave his life doing his job serving his community. everyone can have their opinion but if you weren’t there it’s hard to say you would of done this or that we as drivers put our life’s on the line for other people on a day to day basis for little pay and long hours we don’t do it cause we have to it’s because we want to.

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