Saturday, August 30, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Fairfield man hit, killed by Amtrak train

20140616_105241-1

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)

By
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.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 10 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • 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 :'(

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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. :(

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895June 18, 2014 - 8:44 pm

    Well said.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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..

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Clarksburg family rolls with times

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1, 3 Comments | Gallery

 
Fresh, fruity, summer and fall Delta pitstops

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1

Saving the Gakuen: A bit of history tucked away in Clarksburg

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Old, new collide in Freeport

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1

Vacaville honors top crossing guards

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A2

 
State lifts Solano moth quarantine

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3, 1 Comment

 
 
 
Gallo subsidiary wins bid for Winterhawk Winery

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B10, 3 Comments | Gallery

No plea as suspect in Suisun slaying appears in court

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A12, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Fairfield police log: Aug. 28, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Aug. 28, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
The Leaven helps reach at-risk kids

By Murray Bass | From Page: B12

 
Weather for Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B13

.

US / World

Man is guilty of murder after his dogs kill woman

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 3 Comments

 
California teacher reprimanded for sending tweets

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

N. California officer accused of beating woman

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
California appeals teacher tenure ruling

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Feds critical of California twin tunnel project

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 3 Comments

 
California mentally ill inmates get special units

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Lawmakers pass first California groundwater rules

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 4 Comments

 
Lawmakers send gun restraining order bill to Brown

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

California marijuana grow stole reservation water

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
1K-pound alligator caught in Alabama sets record

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Manatees may lose endangered species status

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Marathon bombing suspect: Delay trial until 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Border Patrol agent fires at armed militia member

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

 
Rescuers locate 20 of 24 trapped in Nicaragua mine

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

 
Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

Westerners linked to extremist groups in Syria

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

 
.

Opinion

Editorial Cartoons: Aug. 30, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
 
Zombies are not for fun

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 9 Comments

Cheers, jeers for the week of Aug. 24-30, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: A11

 
.

Living

Today in History: Aug. 30, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: Aug. 30, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: Aug. 30, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

 
Our irresponsible sister is getting the house and mistreats Mom

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B7

.

Entertainment

Ex-Myanmar beauty queen accused of stealing crown

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

 
Chris Brown due back in DC court for plea hearing

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Fire destroys house on late author Clancy’s estate

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Chelsea Clinton quits as NBC News reporter

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9, 1 Comment

Daughter: Joan Rivers is in ‘serious condition

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Hip-hop moves as strong force for Michael Brown

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Cee Lo Green enters no contest plea in drug case

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9, 1 Comment

 
.

Sports

 
No. 11 Stanford set to open season vs. UC Davis

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

After eventful offseason, Northwestern meets Cal Bears in opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Prep volleyball: Vacaville Christian falls to D-I power Davis

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
JC women’s soccer: Solano kicks off season with 0-0 draw

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
Raiders face decisions at QB heading into opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Pernice, Bryant share Champions Tour lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
I.K. Kim increases Portland Classic lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

A’s fall back in AL West, blanked by Angels

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
Posey goes 5 for 5 in 6 innings, Giants rout Brewers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

Errani’s ‘cottage cheese’ serve tops Venus at Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
Palmer opens with a 63 to lead in Boston

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
This date in sports history for Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

By The Associated Press | From Page: B13

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Florence Virginia Boes

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Darrell D. Stevens

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

.

Comics

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
.

Home Seller 08/30/14

Real estate transactions for Aug. 30, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR2