Train hits, kills man in Verdi

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Updated: 12/24/2012 6:36 pm
UPDATE: 6:30PM - According to Deputy Armando Avina, Two males were walking one dog, and the train was approaching at 40 mph.

The dog ran toward the track and one of the males ran after him. The train signaled and sounded the horn in attempt to warn the male. The man fell in the track and got stuck and was unable to get up, resulting in the train hitting him.

The train attempted to stop 150 feet ahead of the man.

The man who was killed is described as a white male in his 50s.

The dog was treated at a local vet hospital.

Amtrak is making arrangements for the passengers.

UPDATE: 5:55PM - Amtrak tells News 4 the train was the California Zephyr Train #6 from Emeryville, Calif. to Chicago. Amtrak says 226 passengers were onboard, and all passengers and crew were uninjured. Amtrak says the amount of crew 
on the train is unknown, but it's usually around 10 people for that train.

UPDATE: 5:30 PM - According to Washoe County Sheriff's Deputies, two people were walking on the tracks around 4pm in Verdi. A male was hit and killed. The person with him is being interviewed. 

The track is currently shut down.

WCSO says the incident seems to be accidental.

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- Washoe County Sheriff's Office is responding to the report of a train hitting a pedestrian on U.S. 40 at Somersett Ridge.

The extent of the injuries and other details have not been released. News 4 has a crew on the scene and will bring more information as it becomes available.
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goofy - 1/14/2013 6:28 PM
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And to "Museum" I know how to kick your F----- butt. Bring it on! You learn about TRAINS, not the little ones you grew up with. I have riden trains many times in my life, and guess what? With TRAINS, and with AIRPLANES and AOUTOMOBILES, come ......guess what? DEATH! Feel me? Von

goofy - 1/3/2013 2:14 AM
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And to my Dear friend Magnum.. IF people practiced "common sense", they would never leave their houses in todays world. People are shot and killed. People die in car crashes, airplane crashes, and TRAIN wrecks. IF people were perfect, we would have NO trageties. But people are not perfect. I too have riden that very Zephr train from San Diego to Denver on many occasions, and experienced 2 (two) suicides, ie, persons who sat on the tracks waiting to get killed. Death is no fun to anyone. Count your GOD given blessings that you get to be alive to read this. Amen. Von stafford

goofy - 1/2/2013 10:34 PM
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I, Von, my friend and I were on the bridge with the dogs. Trespassing yes. We ran fast, on Poopers the red dog ran down the track, instead of running off the track. My Tom lost his life trying to save Poopers who ran straight down the track. It happed all so fast. People go on that bridge all the time to fish in the Truckee River below. Maybe THEY will be more cautious.

Magnum - 12/29/2012 7:08 AM
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I was on the train. When it stopped we were in the observation car. We saw a man ( Von) standing on the south side of the tracks with a small dog. The incident occurred about 1/4 mi from the Boomtown casino. There were no sidewalks or road near the tracks. On the north side of the tracks we saw some furry pieces of flesh, pieces of bone, and some blood. With all due respect to mr stafford, there was no reason for them to be walking their dogs in the railroads right of way. It was trespassing. The noise from the approaching train should have been obvious. The dog was not on a leash and running free. This was totally preventable by the victims. Everyone on the train was emotionally impacted by this event. I feel very sorry for the victim but the pedestrians exhibited a lack of common sense, and a disregard for safety. This was totally preventable. Further along in our train journey we saw other people close to the tracks far away from any crossing or signs of civilization. If you google you will find many incidents of this type. My prayers go to the victim.

museum - 12/24/2012 10:56 PM
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goody sorry you lost your friend and dog Horsewagled: You know nothing about trains do you. You try to stop on a dime. Do you know how much to upkeep safety equipment? No you dont. Trains have good braking systems, have you tried to stop a 10 car train in a few feet. The head end crew will life with this for their rest of their life. They will never forget it. Cut them some slack

goofy - 12/24/2012 9:27 PM
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I was the other man. I lost MY dog. I lost My friend today. Right before my eyes! And now the vet hospital wants to charge me for the euthnasia of the dog MY friend tried to save. Von Glen stafford

Horsewagled - 12/24/2012 8:29 PM
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Things a REAL railroad Operation Lifesaver (OL) group would ask!!! 1. Why are all OL directors handpuppets of the railroad or government only giving lip service safety messages? 2. Why nothing is ever mentioned by OL that would cost the railroads a penny on the obviously missing safety equipment and track maintenance work? 3. Where are the crossing safety signals for the trains going too fast with no brakes or steering at 1,000s of crossings? 4. Where are the track video monitors for the trains going too fast with no brakes or steering to get the train stopped IN TIME? 5. Why aren't railroads paying at least half for crossing signals because it's their trains going too fast with no brakes or steering while paying the so-called RR directors millions a year. 6. Why the crossing humps trapping big trucks aren't required to be removed? 7. Why the crossing surfaces aren't wider where if a vehicle fish tails on slick road and is trapped at the edge of the crossing surface trap? 8. Why the train cabs aren't required to be lit up like a Christmas tree with emergency vehicle light bars? LOOK AND SEE!! 9. Why the front of trains aren't required to have air bags or something to soften impacts? 10. Why trains don't have better braking systems? OLIs message now shows train brakes obviously suck. 11. Why there are no bidding invitations on the obviously overcharged crossing projects the tax-payers pay the railroads for. $10,000 just to get the equipment to the sight. TRUCKED IN. 12. Why trains are allowed to run in the fog? 13. Why the crossings aren't lit up so drivers can see the black rail cars across the tracks at night? 14. Why railroads remove and steal signals we paid for on closed re-worked crossings? 15. Why $$$millions$$$ of the rail safety budget we pay in is wasted on needless reworks at crossings preventing signals where needed? 16. Why the railroad isn't required to de-ice crossings before they roll the trains? 17. Why the railroad isn't require

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