Updated News Release

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the name of the 19-year-old female who was fatally injured by a train yesterday, January 10, 2016.  The decedent is Lilian Feng of Isla Vista, a UCSB student.  

The male individual who was fatally injured by a train on Friday, January 8, 2016, has been positively identified as a 60-year-old transient.  His name is being withheld until next of kin is located and notified.

An official cause and manner of death for both decedents will not be determined until the completion of toxicology and lab results.  

Two Train vs. Pedestrian Fatalities Under Investigation

Santa Barbara – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two separate train vs. pedestrian fatalities that occurred this weekend.  

The first train vs. pedestrian collision occurred on Friday, January 8, 2016, just before 4:30 p.m.  A southbound Amtrak passenger train was approaching Lookout Park in Summerland when the train conductor observed a male adult standing within the train tracks.  The conductor repeatedly sounded the train’s horn to alert the individual, but the individual did not move or otherwise respond to the train’s approach.  The train conducted an emergency stop procedure but was unable to avoid colliding with the individual who was standing in the tracks.  The decedent appears to be in his fifties but his identity is unknown at this time.

The second train vs. pedestrian collision occurred this morning, January 10, 2016, in the City of Goleta.  At approximately 9:15 a.m., an Amtrak passenger train was headed southbound when it struck and killed a 19-year-old female on the tracks below the Glen Annie/Storke Road overpass.

Witness statements indicated the actions of the decedent immediately prior to the collision suggest this was an apparent suicide.  The decedent has been positively identified but the identity is being withheld until next of kin is notified.