Bicyclist killed by freight train in Richmond

Amtrak train fatally strikes person in North Richmond

A bicyclist was struck and killed by a train in Richmond Saturday afternoon, according to a Union Pacific spokesperson.

The victim, identified only as male, was crossing the railroad tracks when an eastbound Union Pacific freight train struck him at about 1:50 p.m. at the Cutting Boulevard grade crossing, spokesperson Francisco Castillo Jr. said.

The bicyclist apparently went around the crossing gates while attempting to beat the train, which had been traveling at 38 mph, Castillo said. He said it takes about a mile before a train can stop and that by the time the crew sees a person or object on the track, it is often too late.

No one on the train was injured.

Bay City News contributed to this report