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.