SUISUN CITY — A Fairfield man got hit by a train and killed Monday morning on the tracks west of Sunset Avenue.
Witnesses said the man was walking down the tracks between the rails, heading west. The engineers of the westbound Amtrak train sounded the horn and tried to stop, but the man didn’t get out of the way, Suisun City Police Cmdr. Tim Mattos said.
The incident got reported to police at 9:47 a.m. Union Pacific, which owns the tracks, sent investigators to the scene.
Mattos said the victim was a Fairfield man, based on identification that the man had. He was later identified by the Solano County Coroner’s Office as 40-year-old Ryan Fong.
About two incidents involving people getting hit by trains take place locally each year, Mattos said. Police are constantly cautioning people to be careful around the tracks and to realize that trains are moving much faster than they appear to be moving, he said.
The Capitol Corridor passenger trains run by Amtrak got delayed by the incident, with both directions of track shut down for the investigation. Amtrak on its website initially estimated a train from Davis to Suisun City set to arrive at 10:49 a.m. would be 52 minutes late. Scheduled Capitol Corridor trains were ultimately delayed by about 1 hour and 40 minutes. Normal run times were re-established shortly before 3 p.m.
Union Pacific is handling the investigation.
There have been at least three other train-related deaths in the area in less than a year.
Glen Faison contributed to this report. Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.