The elderly man who was struck by a freight train in Denair on Thursday morning has been identified as 80-year-old Hanna Asmar.
Asmar, a Denair resident, was walking east on Zeering Road at Santa Fe Avenue when he crossed the tracks and was struck by a northbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train.
“The pedestrian ignored the downed railroad arms and audible signal, entering the path of the train,” according to a press release from the California Highway Patrol.
He was thrown about 30 feet in a northeasterly direction.
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Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office Detective Talea Martin said the man’s death appears to be an accident.