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Officials Investigating Fatal Train Collision Involving 'Trespasser on Tracks' in Pleasanton

Police believe the train fatality was likely a suicide. The identity of the victim has not yet been released.

PLEASANTON, Ca: Fatal train collision in Pleasanton Friday night. Photo credit: Arman Hamulic
PLEASANTON, Ca: Fatal train collision in Pleasanton Friday night. Photo credit: Arman Hamulic
Updated at 11:04 p.m. with statement from Pleasanton Police:

On May 30, 2014 at approximately 7:33 p.m. the Pleasanton Police Department responded to calls of a person struck by an ACE (Altamont Corridor Express) train at the Santa Rita Road railroad crossing. 

Officers arrived and located a black male adult deceased on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Police Detectives are working in cooperation with the Union Pacific Railroad Police and ACE representatives. 

The initial investigation indicates this was an apparent suicide. The identity of the deceased is not being released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Pleasanton Police Department  at (925) 931-5100.

Original story by AUTUMN JOHNSON: 

ACE Train officials have confirmed via the comments section on their Facebook page that they are currently investigating a fatal train collision in Pleasanton. 

ACE Train spokesperson Errol Schmall told Patch, via email:

"At approximately 7:30 PM ACE Train #10 was involved in a fatality with a trespasser on the UP [Union Pacific] railroad tracks near the intersection of Santa Rita in Pleasanton, CA. No passengers or train crew were hurt in the accident. It is still an ongoing investigation with Union Pacific and Pleasanton authorities on scene. Passengers were transported by bus from the Pleasanton to Stockton, CA."

Around 9:20 p.m., ACE posted the following information on their Facebook page:

Altamont Corridor Express There was an unfortunate fatality with a trespasser on the tracks in the Pleasanton area. That's all the information that we currently have at this time until a full investigation is conducted.


Pleasanton Police released a Nixle Alert at 9 p.m. diverting traffic away from the area of Santa Rita Road between Amador High School and Del Valle Parkway for the investigation. 

Police ask drivers to avoid the area for the duration of the investigation. 

Patch will update this story as more information become available.
timothy June 01, 2014 at 07:02 AM
Ray really? Come on get real.
Jim June 01, 2014 at 05:58 PM
No kidding ray. The problems is the person stood I front of an oncoming train and killed himself. Quite trying to change everything because someone killed themself.
David Adler June 02, 2014 at 02:47 PM
Hahaha, Ray are you from FOX!
Jane Whitcomb June 02, 2014 at 03:54 PM
seriously Ray, do you REALLY think that would help? There are unfortunate suicides all over the country. Blaming the ACE conductor? Really? I think there are just about as many UP trains that use that track daily. I work near there and hear them throughout the day. They fly through there.
DB June 02, 2014 at 05:11 PM
Ray are you serious? Trains run on tracks its not like they swerve to hit people! Should we not have bridges cause people jump off? It is sad for sure but if someone wants to take their own life they can always find a way to do that.Some people choose ways that are dangerous to others like down south and many innocent people died

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