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UPDATE: 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 - The victim has been identified as a male and he was pronounced dead on the scene, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office. The collision is still under investigation. Union Pacific notified Butte County Sheriff's Office at 2:45 p.m. about the collision.
UPDATE: 5:03 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 - Traffic is back open after a train was stopped in North Chico after hitting a person on the tracks, according to police.
Action News Now is working to learn if the victim is a man or a woman. Police have not yet confirmed if the victim died, but the county coroner is on scene.
This is a developing story. Action News Now will keep you updated with new information on-air and online.
CHICO, Calif. – Authorities are on the scene of a train versus person crash in Chico, police confirmed to Action News Now.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office and Chico Police are on W East and Kennedy Avenues. The right turn lane going North on Highway 32 and the left turn lane coming south on Highway 32 are closed off at this time. Drivers are being asked to continue straight.
#BREAKING: Pedestrian hit by a train on East and Kennedy in Chico. East Ave from 32 is closed. Drivers coming South on East are forced to make a right onto Nord Ave.
— Esteban Reynoso (@reynosotv) January 20, 2021
All traffic heading south on East Avenue is also being forced to make a right turn onto Nord Avenue. Chico Police said the road will be closed for at least one to two more hours while the Butte County Sheriff's Office investigates.
Due to an incident involving a train, please AVOID the area of
W. East Ave at Nord Ave (HWY 32)
*Traffic is stopped in the area* pic.twitter.com/wEPWP1AZvm
— Chico Police Dept. (@ChicoPolice) January 20, 2021