Man killed by train while possibly attempting stunt

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SAN DIEGO - A man was killed by a freight train Wednesday night in what appeared to be a stunt attempt gone wrong, according to San Diego police.

The man, who was in his 30s, seemed to be trying to time the train so that he could either lay down in the middle of the tracks or roll under one side of the train and out the other side as it drove by, witnesses said.

Trains were stopped at the intersection of West Harbot Drive and Market Place downtown after the accident, though the train that actually hit the man continued along its route as the engineer was unaware of what happened, police said. Trolley service was unaffected.

Investigators from the Sheriff's Department Coaster/Railroad Enforcement Unit remained on-scene trying to piece together exactly what happened. The man's name has not yet been released.


  • Scott Goodman

    “…trying to piece together exactly what happened.”
    I see what you did there, editor. *facepalm*

  • Ray

    There have been video clips recently showing a person doing stuff similar to what is described. Unfortunately the deceased may have been fatally inspired by seeing those clips.

  • Steve Ludwick

    And kids, this is why you do not fool around trains, me personally being around trains everyday, i take idiots like this very seriously, please do not run the gates or run underneath or infront of a oncoming or even stopped train. You scare the hell outta the crews. And don’t walk down the tracks as trains can sneak up on you surprisingly, especially do not wear headphones around railroad tracks.

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