Train death apparent suicide

Engineer applied emergency brakes as soon as man was in view
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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A young man died after an apparent suicide Sunday night. The man, whose identity was not available as of press time, was killed on impact after being hit by a train at about 9:20 p.m. near the station on Nevada Street and Blocker Drive in Auburn. Lena Kent, director of public affairs with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, said the train engineer applied the locomotive’s emergency brakes as soon as he saw the man on the tracks. “If somebody comes out onto the right of way (of the train), it’s very difficult for the engineer to stop in time and they certainly can’t swerve out of the way,” Kent said. “I do know that once they saw him, they did apply the emergency brakes. Unfortunately they were not able to stop in time.” On Monday, Lt. Jeff Ausnow, spokesman for Placer County Sheriff’s Office, said the man’s death appeared to be an “apparent suicide.” Kent said the train was carrying “freight of all kinds” on its trip from Stockton to Utah. Kent said many of the details of the incident could not be revealed because the investigation was ongoing and in its early stages. She said there is no timeline as to when the investigation into the accident would be complete. Investigators download and review video footage from the train in the course of their work, Kent said. “They look at all of the footage to determine what happened,” Kent said. Jenifer Gee can be reached at