Oct 13, 2014 11:30 AM by News Staff
Police say a woman was struck and killed by a train early Monday morning in downtown Chico.
According to police the woman was hit at 5:19 a.m. when she was walking southbound in the middle of the tracks. She was reportedly struck just south of the walkway leading to Chico State from Nord Avenue.
The Union Pacific train, which was traveling from Dunsmuir to Roseville, came to stop downtown and had roads blocked from Orange and 5th Streets to W. Sacramento Avenue. The train's conductor and engineer were both relieved and the train began to move again around 9:15 a.m.
The train conductor told police he saw a woman standing in the middle of the track, she allegedly made no attempt to get out of the way despite the conductor turning on the emergency break and sounding the horns repeatedly. According to police the woman had earbuds with her, but they were not in her ears when officers found her body.
The name of the victim, a white adult female, has not been released, but Chico Police and the Butte County Sheriff's Office are on the scene investigating. It is unknown if she was a Chico State student.