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Pedestrian struck, killed by train in busy area of Merced

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Operation Lifesaver celebrated its 45th year in 2017, launching a national Rail Safety Week from September 24-30. These safety tips can be practiced all year long, fitting with OLI's ongoing mission of reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries
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Operation Lifesaver celebrated its 45th year in 2017, launching a national Rail Safety Week from September 24-30. These safety tips can be practiced all year long, fitting with OLI's ongoing mission of reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a train near the railroad crossing on V Street in Merced on Saturday morning.

According to Merced Police Sargent Chris Russell, the victim was walking across the rails when he was hit by a train that was headed westbound. Russell described the victim as a white, adult male, likely in his 40s.

Authorities are waiting to identify family before releasing his name, Russell added.

The incident occurred at 11:11 a.m. on Saturday on the 1500 block of V Street. The crossing guard were functioning properly at the time, according to Russell.

The road was cleared and reopened at approximately 12:30 p.m.

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