At approximately 1:00 a.m. June 26, there was a collision between a train and a pedestrian on the railroad tracks in the 2200 block of South College Avenue. The male pedestrian died on the scene from fatal injuries.
Fort Collins Police responded immediately. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation train was heading northbound when the conductor noticed several people close to the tracks.
The conductor slowed the train and sounded the train horn in an attempt to prevent a collision, according to Fort Collins Police. The conductor told police that the crowd was slow to move off of the railroad tracks.
According to officer Matt Johnson, alcohol consumption is an ongoing element of the investigation but has not been confirmed nor denied at this time.
The engineers thought they had heard the train slam into something as they passed the area where the people had been congregated.
As soon as the tracks were able to be checked, a male was found with injuries consistent with being struck by the train. The accident took place in an area with no traffic or pedestrian crossings. He died on the scene.
BNSF investigators and the Larimer County Coroner’s office responded to assist in the investigation. The Larimer County Coroner’s Officer will release the identity of the deceased.
The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Officer Drew Jurkofsky at 970-221-6540.
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