Man killed by train in Merced identified

06/09/2014 4:37 PM

06/09/2014 5:28 PM

A man who died Friday after being struck by a train in Merced County has been identified as a 20-year-old Merced resident.

Robert Garrett IV was struck by a freight train about 5:05 a.m. while walking on the railroad tracks at Highway 59 and Santa Fe Avenue in Merced, the Merced County Coroner’s Office confirmed.

Garrett was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the fatal collision has been ruled accidental, Deputy Delray Shelton said Monday.

Anyone with information regarding the accident is asked to call the Merced County Sheriff’s Department at (209) 385-7444.

Friday’s incident marked at least the third reported death involving a train in Merced County since November.

A Winton man died Jan. 18 after he was struck by a train in an apparent suicide on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks, east of Winton Way, near California Street.

A man wearing headphones was killed Dec. 20, 2013, while walking on the tracks near Santa Fe Avenue near McKee and Keely roads.

Another Winton man died Nov. 2, 2013, after he was struck by debris from a vehicle that was hit by a train on Olive Avenue, south of Santa Fe Drive.

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