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Ventura County, California – October 16, 2012

Police say a pedestrian died Tuesday after being hit by a train in the La Conchita area.

According to deputies with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, an unidentified engineer was at the controls of a westbound train, on behalf of Amtrak, as it traveled north. As the train approached La Conchita, around 2:40 p.m., it made contact with a subject on foot, walking his dog.

Paramedics responded to the scene, but were unable to save the victim. Investigators say the train operator sounded a warning signal and applied the brakes, but was unable to avoid hitting the male pedestrian.

Indications suggest that all nearby crossings were in proper working order. Arms of Life is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve safety at railroad crossings through the addition of lighted signals and crossing arms. In its mission as an advocate for the victims of traffic accidents, FindMyAccident has partnered with Arms of Life to help prevent tragic accidents throughout the United States.

UPDATE: The deceased victim has been identified as La Conchita resident Lawrence Melby, 68.

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