Man lying on tracks forces Capitol Corridor train to kill him
- Published Monday, May 29, 2006 by the Contra Costa Times
Man on tracks killed by Amtrak train
By Tanya Rose
Contra Costa Times
HAYWARD -- A man lying on the train tracks near West Tennyson Road
and Huntwood Avenue in Hayward was killed Sunday night after an
Amtrak train struck him, Hayward police reported Monday.
Enoel Artemio Cortez, 42, died after being run over around 8:30
p.m., according to authorities.
Hayward police Lt. Gary Branson said Cortez was apparently lying
on the tracks as the train approached him, but it wasn't clear how
he got there. Branson said police believe the man was a transient.
"We may never know why he was on those tracks," Branson said. "He
could have tripped, he could have laid down on purpose, he could
have passed out. We just don't know."
Amtrak will be handling the primary investigation, but Hayward
police will investigate as well, Branson said.
Passengers on the Sacramento-bound train were bused to their
destingations, said Vernae Graham, an Amtrak spokesperson.
"The guy was laying across the tracks," she said. "The passengers
and crew were fine, and that's really all I can say."
Mark Davis, a spokesman for Union Pacific, said that while the
incident occurred on UP tracks, Amtrak would handle the
investigation because the train that struck Cortez was an Amtrak