At approximately 6:45 a.m. today, July 19, 2018, an adult male was walking southbound along the railroad tracks just east of Olive Mill Rd in Montecito when he was fatally injured by an Amtrak passenger train that was headed northbound.
The train engineer observed the subject walking along the side of the train tracks and activated the train’s horn and braking system but was unable to stop in time and struck the victim.
The Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office has identified the decedent and is in the process of making a next of kin notification. An investigation is underway to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident. Preliminary indications are that it was an accidental death. An official cause and manner of death is pending toxicology and lab results.