A pedestrian was hit by an Amtrak train and died near Santa Barbara on Friday afternoon, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
Witnesses saw a person jump from a train overpass on Hollister Avenue near Modoc Road into the train path, according to emergency radio traffic, but that could not be immediately confirmed.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, said Raquel Zick, a sheriff’s spokeswoman.
The incident involved a northbound Amtrak Coast Starlight train.
Santa Barbara County firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, and an AMR ambulance responded to the scene at 1:13 p.m.
Train traffic has stopped in the area, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Battalion Chief Daniel Bertucelli.
The name of the victim was not released until family members were notified.
Police were continuing to investigate the incident, Bertucelli said.
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