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UPDATE: Concord Man Hit and Killed By Amtrak Train in San Leandro

A Capitol Corridor struck a man, later identified as James Calhoun, 24, of Concord around 10:15 a.m. just south of Thrasher Park.

Bay City News — A Sacramento-bound Amtrak train hit and killed a man Thursday morning in San Leandro. 

Capitol Corridor train No. 528, which runs between San Jose and Sacramento, struck a man later identified as James Calhoun, 24, of Concord, around 10:15 a.m. just south of in San Leandro, according to Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham and San Leandro police spokesman Lt. Jeff Tudor.  

Union Pacific railroad police are taking over the investigation because the crash took place on their property, even though it was an Amtrak train, officers at the scene said. 

Officers on site were seen inspecting a pile of clothing, including jeans and a pair of shoes, next to the tracks around 11:45 a.m. 

Officers declined to comment on the incident or to give further information about the victim at that time. 

There were no injuries to the 35 passengers on board or to any crew members, Graham said. 

The train was cancelled, and passengers transferred to another Capital Corridor train, she said. No major delays were reported as officials waited for the incident to be cleared.

The man was on the tracks but not on the Davis Street marked crossing, Graham said.

In a separate incident at 10:30 a.m., San Joaquin train No. 701 from Bakersfield to Sacramento struck a pedestrian west of the city of Merced.

Graham said the death appeared to be a suicide.

Trains were delayed in the morning but were back on schedule by early afternoon.

California had the highest number of fatalities due to trespassing on railroad property last year, according to Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit co-founded by Union Pacific. A full 66 people were killed last year by trains in California, compared to 36 in Florida, the state with the second highest number of rail trespass fatalities, according to Operation Lifesaver. 

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available. 

Tina June 23, 2011 at 07:10 PM
I passed this area of the train tracks yesterday and watched five young men walking on train tracks. My thoughts went back to how many have been hit by the train and why do people walk on the tracks of a fast moving mode of transportation. There has been and always will be those who are facinated by trains and tracks and who want to defy they are in any danger. Then there are those who walk them intentionally for suicide purposes.
Jill Replogle June 23, 2011 at 08:41 PM
FYI, I still don't have much information about the victim, but a Union Pacific spokesman confirmed that it was an adult male.
kim June 24, 2011 at 01:43 PM
This was no suicide people. Just so you know it was a friend of mine and he was not killing himself. So please do the paper a favor and take back what you said about it being a suicide please. Family and friends are horrified that anyone could even make a statement with any knowledge. Dont assume what you really do not know when it comes to information like this. He was a 24yr old, happy full of life and everyone who know "JameO" loved him and everything about him. Please take back that statement. Thank you
kim June 24, 2011 at 01:44 PM
He was also in an area for crossing...... people please dont comment we have lost a loved one for no moral reason at all.
Mike Katz-Lacabe June 24, 2011 at 02:03 PM
The man who was killed has been identified as James Calhoun, 24, of Concord.
sophia July 23, 2011 at 12:36 AM
he is my boyfriend and the love of my life. i need more info on this but the police dept. wont comment to the "public" not even his mother! and Neither will the union pacific. We are waiting for a report from the coriners. Does anyone have info on what the supposid witness may have said had happened? We have his phone and it's not in condition. Our family thinks he may have been texting or facebooking since he texted me everyday at 10am on his break. please, any info?
Denise Hanson July 03, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Hi Sophia, I am so sorry for your loss. I was on that train. I am deeply saddened to be any part of this horrific accident. I find it very upsetting that us, the passengers were not even informed of the tragedy that had occurred at any time. We were simply told there was an 'incident' that required police investigation. I just remember hearing the horn blow a couple times and then we came to a slow stop. There was no attempt to stop quickly at all. Maybe nothing could have stopped this from happening. I just know I will never forget the man who lost his life that day even though I never knew him. I keep having visions of a young man's face. I'm wondering if it is James, it feels like it is. If there is anything I can answer about the tragedy please let me know. Much love to all who loved James Calhoun.. RIP James Calhoun hansonpetservices@yahoo.com

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