Two Pedestrians Hit by Amtrak Train

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010  |  Updated 6:13 PM PDT
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Two Pedestrians Hit by Amtrak Train

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An Amtrak train struck and killed  two people on the tracks near in Richmond this afternoon.

The crash happened at Ohio Ave. and Carlson Blvd.  Chopper pictures from the scene showed the train may have dragged the victims 100 feet down the track.  Yellow tarps covered their bodies. 

Reporters on the scene said a backpack was seen near the bodies. Richmond police Lt. Mark Gagan said the victims, a man and woman  in their early 20s, were walking on the tracks when they were struck.

There are no barriers around the train tracks in the area.  People said that pedestrians often walk across the tracks to save time.

The train had left Oakland at 1:15 p.m. and was heading to  Bakersfield when it struck two people in Richmond at about 1:40 p.m., Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said.

There were no injuries to passengers or crew on the train.

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