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Elderly Turlock man struck, killed by freight train in Denair

Man struck, killed by freight train in Denair

A man is dead after being hit by a freight train Thursday morning on the tracks west of Santa Fe Avenue and Zeering Road in Denair.
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A man is dead after being hit by a freight train Thursday morning on the tracks west of Santa Fe Avenue and Zeering Road in Denair.

An elderly Turlock man was struck and killed by a freight train Thursday morning on the tracks west of Santa Fe Avenue and Zeering Road in Denair.

The 80-year-old man was walking east on Zeering across the tracks when he was struck by the northbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train at about 10:49 a.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Thomas Olsen. Authorities have not released his name.

The crossing arms were down and functioning properly at the time, Olsen said.

The man was thrown 30 feet, according to witness reports to the CHP.

The CHP completed their investigation and cleared the train and roadway just before 1 p.m.

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Erin has been covering breaking news and crime at The Modesto Bee since 2010. She is a Humboldt State graduate and resides in Oakdale.

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