A man was killed in south Sutter County on Friday morning when an Amtrak passenger train crashed into his pickup truck at a road crossing, according to the California Highway Patrol.
No one on the crowded train, traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles, was hurt, officials said.
Officer Jodie Beck, a CHP spokeswoman, said the driver of a 1987 Ford F-250 was traveling west on Keys Road – east of Natomas Road – at 8:45 a.m., approaching the railroad tracks at a slow speed. The Amtrak train was traveling southbound as it approached Keys Road.
Beck said two Amtrak engineers saw the pickup and began sounding the train’s whistles and horns. The rural road has crossing signs at the train tracks, but does not have crossing arms or lights.
Beck said it is not known whether the truck stopped on the tracks or was moving slowly across the tracks directly in front of the train, which impacted the vehicle. The force of the impact ultimately pushed the pickup off the tracks.
The truck’s driver was pronounced dead at the scene. He has not been identified pending notification of family.
Beck said the southbound train had stopped in Chico and was on its way to Sacramento “with a couple hundred travelers” on board.
“We don’t know why the (truck driver) did not respond to the (train) warnings. We’d sure like to know, and are asking anyone who saw something to contact us,” Beck said.
Witnesses are encouraged to call the Yuba Sutter Area CHP at 530-674-5141.