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Man killed on Union Pacific tracks

Train fatally strikes Auburn man
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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A man died Wednesday night after being struck by a train on the Union Pacific tracks just outside of Auburn in Bowman.

The victim was identified today by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office as 37-year-old John Daniel Borman, an Auburn resident.

The Sheriff’s Office said the death resulted from a train striking Borman. The incident took place just after 9 p.m.

Union Pacific officials said today that an eastbound Union Pacific train struck Borman on the tracks just west of Russell Road and Hilltop Drive.

Union Pacific is assisting the Sheriff’s Office with the investigation, a spokesman for the rail corporation said.

The location of the death is about a quarter-mile south of Ashford Park, between Auburn Ravine Road and Interstate 80.

Union Pacific warns people to never walk between the rails or in areas that are not designated railroad crossings.

Sheriff’s Office arrest records listed Borman on June 12 as a transient. He was jailed at that time on suspicion of stealing food worth $19.43 from Bel Air in North Auburn.

Two years earlier - on May 10, 2016 - Borman was listed as an Auburn resident when he was arrested in the 3000-block of North Auburn’s Grass Valley Highway on suspicion of resisting a peace officer.