News Story


Unincorporated West County - Man Struck and killed by Train Near La Conchita
10/17/2012 7:30:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Man Struck and killed by Train Near La Conchita

Report Number:



mile north of La Conchita near the Santa Barbara County line

Date & Time:

Oct. 16, 2012 @ 2:41 p.m.

Unit Responsible:

VCSO Headquarters Patrol / Union Pacific Railroad Police / Amtrak / Ventura County Medical Examiner

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(V) Unknown




A man was struck and killed by a northbound passenger train Tuesday afternoon while he walked his dog along the railroad tracks near La Conchita at the western edge of Ventura County.


The unidentified man tried to retrieve his dog from the tracks as the train approached, but he was not able to get himself out of the way before being struck. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, but the dog survived and returned to La Conchita on its own.


The engineer of the Amtrak Surfliner train initiated emergency procedures as soon as he saw the man on the tracks. However, the train did not stop in time.


The investigation is ongoing, but witness statements and evidence at the scene indicate the collision occurred as the result of a tragic accident.


The man's identity has not been released, and an autopsy is pending by the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office. Rail traffic was halted in the area for several hours while officials from various agencies conducted the investigation.   


Deputy Preparing Media Release:

Sgt. Eric Buschow

Media Release Date:

Oct. 16, 2012

Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. Eric Buschow (805) 947-8129

Approved by:

Captain Patti Salas