Pedestrian struck, killed by freight train in Merced

One man was killed Friday afternoon when he was struck by a freight train in Merced, the Merced County Coroner’s Office confirmed.

The man’s identity was not released.

Deputy Delray Shelton said the man was wearing headphones while walking on the railroad tracks around 3 p.m. on Santa Fe Ave., near Keely and McKee roads.

The conductor of the westbound train spotted the man and blew the train’s horn, but the pedestrian did not react, Shelton said.

The train’s crew tried to stop but was unable to avoid hitting the man, authorities said.