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Fairfield man hit, killed by Amtrak train

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Investigators go to the scene of a fatal train incident in Suisun City, Monday. The Amtrak train hit a man who was walking along the tracks west of Sunset Avenue. (Barry Eberling/Daily Republic)

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From page A5 | June 18, 2014 |

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.

  • An Amtrak train struck and killed a 19-year-old Fairfield man at approximately 9:45 a.m. Feb. 2 as the teen walked along the tracks between East Tabor and Railroad avenues.
  • A 20-year-old Fairfield man was hit and killed by an Amtrak train shortly before 8:30 a.m. Dec. 8, 2013, as he walked along the tracks near North Texas and State streets.
  • A 49-year-old San Jose man was killed Nov. 5, 2013, along the railroad tracks not far from Pierce Harbor, along the Goodyear Slough, south of Fairfield, after he reportedly fell from an eastbound Amtrak train. The conductor of another Amtrak train reported seeing the man’s body at around 1:30 p.m.

Glen Faison contributed to this report. Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
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  • Melanie HydeJune 17, 2014 - 10:30 am

    Ryan Fong will be greatly missed, he was a great person, he was a sign language tutor @Solano college. Even though he was deaf I would hope this was not intentional. His family is in my thoughts & prayers. Love you Ryan may u RIP :'(

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  • DebbiJune 17, 2014 - 9:19 pm

    This message is addressed to the those making comments that dont know Ryan - Please keep your derogatory comments to yourself. To even imply that he deserved what happened because he was deaf and walking on the tracks is so disgusting. Do you not realize that members of his family can see your comments? Ryan was a wonderful and caring man and his beautiful smile will be missed by all who knew him. Ryan was a dear cousin to me.

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  • nonchalantJune 18, 2014 - 8:48 am

    Some people just don't know better.I dont know Ryan but my daughter's father does and hes deaf.he said Ryan was a good guy and the comments are hurtful.my husband always take trips on Amtrak.its worrisome cus I know accidentally things can happen.r.I.p to Ryan and love and prayer for his family.no one should say mean stuff.just dont say nothing at all then.

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  • Desjunae isaacsJune 18, 2014 - 12:42 pm

    Ryan was a really wonderful person. I am disgusted that even as he is dead, people say such nasty things. Learn tact. We will miss you, Ryan Daniel fong sr.

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  • Cat B.June 18, 2014 - 4:04 pm

    I can't imagine why some people are leaving rude and/or negative comments here. A father, a son, a friend, a cherished person has died and leaving hurtful comments is outrageous. Does it make you feel better to pour salt on the wound???!!! I don't even know what else to say because people who do such things will never "get it." My heart and prayers go out to all of his lived ones and I hope their grieving will not be further marred by these insensitive comments. Please think before you post people.....and if you consider it and still think it's ok, I hope and pray you are not put in a similar situation. :(

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  • alexisJune 18, 2014 - 4:42 pm

    Ryan was a great guy i went to skool with him was in asl when he was a tutor picked him up from skool in the morn. How dare you ppl say negitive things if u dont like it keep it to ur damn self. Ryan will be missed by many. Rip ryan

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  • Mr. SmithJune 18, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    To those who have fond personal memories of this unfortunate gentleman, please relax and understand that this is first and foremost a COMMENT board--not a memorial board. I believe you when you say good things about Mr. Fong, and it is clear he will be missed by many people who knew him. But I really don't see much negativity here--mostly curiosity by folks who can't wrap their heads around why a deaf person would be walking down the middle of a heavily traveled railroad corridor. It is unsettling, even to those of us who did not know him. And to the degree that the incident affects us psychologically, we all become part of the story. Therefore, the COMMENTS. Relax. May your friend rest in peace.

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  • rlw895June 18, 2014 - 8:44 pm

    Well said.

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  • curious oneJune 19, 2014 - 5:46 am

    Barry, Where did you learn to write? Try dropping the word "got" from your vocabulary. You will sound much more like a professional writer.

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  • curious oneJune 19, 2014 - 5:50 am

    A Fairfield man got hit by a train........ passenger trains run by Amtrak got delayed by the incident..

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