PENDLETON, Oregon – A 24-year-old man was struck and killed by a train at approximately 1:40 a.m. this morning near Southwest 11th Street and Southwest Frazer Avenue. Pendleton Police Lt. Tony Nelson said the train was traveling at 33 miles per hour and was unable to stop in time to avoid the collision.
Nelson said the area was not at a railroad crossing, but the arms were down at the crossings surrounding the incident were down. The engineer noticed the person on the tracks and immediately tried to stop, but the train, which was carrying 136 cars, could not stop in time.
“He managed to stop within 1,400 feet,” Nelson said.
The tracks were shut down until around 6 a.m. and Nelson said Union Pacific was quick to respond to the scene.
The deceased lives in Pendleton but is not originally from this area. Nelson said the man’s identity will be released following notification of next of kin. That process could take longer than normal because it’s a holiday, Nelson said.