California Amtrak train kills truck driver

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Antioch truck driver hit and killed by Amtrak train in Tejada.

San Francisco, CA–An Antioch area man died after being struck by an Amtrak train on Tuesday, July 13, 2009 at 3:55 p.m. The passenger train reportedly hit the man when he was attempting to cross a private railroad crossing in his truck, according to The Mercury News.

The man, identified as Juan Tejada, 45, of Antioch was reportedly following another vehicle which cleared the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) railroad crossing before Tejada attempted to cross the railway. It is unknown if Tejada and the other vehicle were traveling together. The railroad crossing only had a stop sign and there were no crossing guards installed at the railroad crossing. According to Contra Costa area police, Tejada was driving a pickup truck believed to be a Ford F-550, which was towing a large air compressor. Tejada was airlifted by helicopter to an area hospital where he later died from complications of his serious injuries sustained the in the wreck.

The westbound No. 713 Amtrak train, which was traveling between Bakersfield and Oakland, had 129 passengers aboard. No passengers or crewmembers on board of the Amtrak train were reported injured. The force of the truck-train collision spread wreckage and debris more than 100 feet along the BNSF railway tracks.

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