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5th death in a year on Sacramento light-rail line highlights need to heed warnings

Five people have been fatally struck by light-rail trains within a year on Regional Transit’s Gold Line. A safety campaign will be aimed at pedestrians and bike riders.
Five people have been fatally struck by light-rail trains within a year on Regional Transit’s Gold Line. A safety campaign will be aimed at pedestrians and bike riders. Sacramento

A bicyclist who was struck and killed Thursday by a light-rail train near the College Greens station in Sacramento is the fifth fatality in a year on a 9-mile stretch of the Gold line.

Sacramento police said the bicyclist, identified Thursday only as an adult male, crossed the tracks around 8:15 a.m., when the crossing arms, bells and lights were operating. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The man’s death, along with four others, occurred along the light-rail tracks stretching from about Power Inn Road in Sacramento to Zinfandel Drive in Rancho Cordova.

Regional Transit officials said there are multiple reasons why the deaths have occurred on that portion of the Gold Line, where tracks are mostly at ground level along Folsom Boulevard and pedestrians are numerous.

“If you look at the accidents that we have had on the Gold Line, they are all different,” said RT Operations Chief Mark Lonergan. “The only commonality is that they are not paying attention. Or it is intentional on the part of the individual.”

RT has received an “Operation Lifesaver” grant to improve crossing safety using the motto “See tracks? Think train!” to alert motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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