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Pedestrian Struck By Amtrak Train In Martinez

MARTINEZ (CBS SF) -- Police continue to investigate why a 47-year-old man was struck by an Amtrak train in Martinez Thursday afternoon, police said.

The man, a Martinez resident, was walking alone near the tracks around 3:15 p.m. as a train approached, according to witness accounts. The train's engineer sounded the whistle continuously, but the man did not move away.

The engineer then applied the train's brakes, but the man, who apparently still did not flee, was struck, police said.

The man was removed from the tracks and transported to John Muir Medical Center. Police said his condition was unknown as of Thursday evening.

Police believe that alcohol may have been a factor in the incident, which occurred just west of Ferry Street.

The train blocked Ferry Street such that vehicles could not enter or exit the marina until the road was re-opened at 4:25 p.m.

Police said that safety equipment in the area was functioning properly and that visibility was unobstructed. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Martinez police Detective Patrick Salamid at (925) 372-3452.

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