Pedestrian hit by train near Truckee identified

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Updated: 4/10 1:15 pm
UPDATE: 12:26 p.m.
TRUCKEE, Calif. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Truckee Police have identified the victim of the deadly incident involving a train and a pedestrian as Janaki Rose Hayes, 27 years of age.

Truckee Police investigators has determined the event to be a tragic accident. Leading up to the incident, Hayes was coming from the Olympic Heights neighborhood on foot, crossing Glenshire Drive and down to the rails on the north side of the Truckee River. Hayes was either walking or running westbound on the rails with the intent of crossing the river at some point to access the Legacy Trail for a jog. She was wearing headphones that fully covered her ears while listening to loud music. The train operators saw the Hayes in their path, sounded the horn extensively, slowed the train, and did what they could to avoid striking the victim.

Union Pacific and the train operators were very cooperative throughout the investigation.  The train was stopped and remained on scene during the investigation. It appears the train operators did not contribute to this accident and did all they could to avoid it.

Hayes lived in Truckee after recently relocating from Oregon. The train involved was a Union Pacific cargo train traveling from Sparks, Nevada to Roseville, California. No passengers were aboard the train other than the operators. The identity of the train operators will not be released.

The Truckee Police Department would like to remind everyone that not only is it illegal to walk on or cross railroad tracks it is dangerous. Additionally, whether near tracks or not, wearing headphones in or over both ears while walking or running is dangerous as it inhibits hearing. Lastly, the for reasons above, the wearing of headphones in both ears while riding a bicycle on a roadway or operating a motor vehicle on a roadway is illegal and subject to citation.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to contact Det. Arnie Lopez at 530.550.2336.

UPDATE: 4:38 p.m.
TRUCKEE, Calif. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Truckee Police are continuing to investigate the deadly incident involving a train and a pedestrian.

According to Truckee Police, the pedestrian was a woman, and she was pronounced dead at the scene. They do not suspect drugs or alcohol were a contributing factor, and they do not suspect suicide.

There were some witnesses who saw the incident, and officers are taking statements to get more information. The railroad will be closed for another hour.


Original: 3:12 p.m.
TRUCKEE, Calif. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Truckee Police are investigating a person that appears to have been hit by a train.

According to Truckee Police Chief Adam McGill, they received a report of a pedestrian struck by a moving train near the Highway 267 overpass around 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday. First responders arrived and discovered a deceased victim. The cause of this collision has not been determined at this time, and traffic is not impacted.

Truckee Police investigators will be on scene for the next few hours conducting an investigation. The identity of the victim is unknown.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to contact the Truckee Police Department at 530-550-2320.
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Kramer - 4/11/2014 1:58 PM
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my oops! I forgot about the bypass (guess I'm an old-timer?), I was misled by the "pedestrian" angle, it was a hiher, unfortubnately. The overpass is named for a fallen CHP officer, Have a little tact, u bloggers.

nubgnngs42 - 4/10/2014 3:46 PM
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stupid is and stupid does.

Larry - 4/9/2014 8:17 PM
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It's not that hard people. Stay off the tracks.

TruckeeMama - 4/9/2014 7:57 PM
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Passed it on my way home from work, very sad scene. The Overpass was built years ago, and it's considered 267. If you look at the mapping highway 89 now turns into 267 right at the Interstate 80 intersection. The Old 267 that went through downtown is now called "Brockway Road/Old Brockway Road" and it runs off of 89 through the round abouts, through downtown across the tracks and circles back up to what is now considered the 267 overpass.

Kramer - 4/9/2014 5:20 PM
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Hwy. 267 is the Downtown Truckee route, not an overpass. train tracks, local road/267 are right through the middle of town
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