Two men hit by trains in Turlock identified

08/27/2014 10:23 AM

08/27/2014 10:25 AM

Two men hit by struck and killed by trains this month in Turlock have been identified, the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office said Monday.

Russell Holgate, 58, of Turlock died Saturday when he was hit by a freight train on the Union Pacific tracks just south of West Tuolumne Road and North Golden State Boulevard.

Investigators determined Holgate committed suicide. He was sitting on the tracks, legs crossed and facing the oncoming train, when he was struck. The train was traveling about 50 mph when the incident occurred.

One week before, 56-year-old Edward Moshol was riding his bicycle west on Mashall Street when he failed to stop for a northbound UP train. Moshol was struck and died at the scene.

On Jan. 6, a woman in Modesto committed suicide by standing in front of a southbound UP train near Seventh Street. Investigators say the woman left behind a suicide note but the Coroner’s office is waiting on DNA results before positively identifying her and releasing her name to the public.

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