Pedestrian dies after being struck by train near Hughson

A person died early this morning after being struck by a train near Hughson, authorities said.

Just before 7 a.m., the person was walking south on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks on Santa Fe Avenue just south of East Hatch Road.

A BNSF train traveling south at about 50 mph came upon the person, according to Lt. Charles Grom of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.

The conductor blew the horn, but the person never turned around, Grom said. He said the body was thrown 500 to 1,000 feet.

“There was an indication the person may have shrugged (his or her) shoulders, and may have sped up walking,” Grom said. “But the person did not turn around or acknowledge the train in any way.”

Grom said at this point of the investigation, it could not be determined if the body was male or female, or if it was an accident or suicide.

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