Train kills man on tracks near airport

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A passenger train hit and killed a pedestrian on a stretch of rails near Lindbergh Field Tuesday afternoon.

The Amtrak train hit the person off the 2100 block of West Washington Street in the Middletown district of San Diego shortly before 4:30 p.m., according to sheriff's officials.

Officials say the Amtrak train was traveling at about 48 miles per hour when the train’s engineer observed an Asian man run towards the tracks. The train was unable to stop before hitting the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

"I saw where he landed and I walked right up to him to check to see if he was alive. There was no chance of him being alive," Paul Walker said.

There were some delays in train service between Oceanside and Old Town, according to North County Transit, but by the evening service seemed back on schedule.

Anyone with information regarding this case can call the Sheriff's Department's non-emergency number at 858-565-5200.

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