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Man hit by train

For the third time in a week, a man has been killed by a train in Merced.

Sgt. Chris Goodwin of the Merced Police Department said a 20-year-old man died about 3:47 a.m. Sunday when he was struck by a BNSF Railway freight train about 100 to 150 yards west of the Glen Avenue crossing.

The train's conductor told officers they observed the man lying across the tracks before the impact. The man's name is being withheld until his next-of-kin can be notified, Goodwin said. The man died at the scene. Investigation into the accident continues.

A man was killed Nov. 4 after he was struck at 7:12 a.m. by a southbound Union Pacific Railroad freight train at Highway 59 and West 16th Street. Goodwin said train crew members saw the man run up to the tracks about 50 yards away and turn his back away from the train. The train's emergency brakes were applied and its horn was sounded but the man did not move.

The man was taken to the Community Campus of Mercy Medical Center Merced where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

A third man died Nov. 5 when he was struck by a westbound Amtrak "San Joaquin" passenger train near Coffee Street and Baker Drive on the BNSF Railway. In this 4:30 p.m. incident, witnesses tried to warn the man, sitting on the tracks, to move and he appeared to be trying to get out of the way when the train struck him, according to Merced County Sheriff's Department reports.

Associate Editor Doane Yawger

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