Michael Shumake’s death on Richmond tracks stuns family; cause sought

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Amtrak is investigating what caused a window on a train to partially shatter about 6 miles east of Richmond.

The family of 37-year-old Michael Shumake, who was struck and killed by a Capitol Corridor train last week, is devastated by the sudden death and hopes investigators can find out what caused the incident.

Shumake, a Richmond resident, was fatally struck by a westbound train in the area of Nevin Avenue and 19th Street about 3:40 p.m. Thursday, authorities said. None of the train’s 64 passengers or the crew were injured.

The Contra Costa County coroner’s office is treating the death as an accident, a coroner’s deputy told Bay City News.

Shumake, who is survived by a 17-year-old daughter, had been searching for work but was not depressed or suicidal, according to his uncle, the Rev. Andre Shumake of Richmond.

“In the past he’s often traveled that path and there’s never been an incident,” the reverend said. “We’re quite  concerned and haven’t been able to get to the bottom of it. It’s just devastating for our family. He had his whole life ahead of him. It seems unreal.”

Funeral arrangements were scheduled to be set by Tuesday afternoon.

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