BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man struck by a train in Tulare early Saturday morning has died.
The Tulare Police Department got a call at approximately 1:50 a.m. about a train and pedestrian crash. Officers and other first responders arrived on the scene and found an unresponsive man on the train tracks. He was suffering from visible trauma and was transported to a local area hospital for further treatment.
Train engineers said before the collision, they saw the man lying down on the train tracks and honk the horn multiple times to warn the man, according to police. After the honking, the man stood up and began to walk northbound on the west side of the tracks but did not fully remove himself from the tracks and eventually being struck by the train.
Officials were able to identify the 35-year-old by his visible tattoos and using a portable fingerprint device. They will not release his name until the next of kin has been notified.
His motive for lying and walking on the tracks is unknown at this time.
If you have information regarding this case, you are encouraged to contact the Tulare Police Department’s non-emergency line.