Man Killed by train in Placentia, California

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A man who was struck and killed by a train, On Monday night, September 14, is now being identified as 51 year old, Rafael Romo, a Placentia resident. Rafael was bicycling north on Richfield at around 8:15 moments before he lost his life, according to the OC register

According to ABC Witnesses on the scene that night told officers he was walking under one of the arms of a railroad crossing on Orange-thorpe and stood on the tracks. He had been waiting for a train to go east on the other side. The train came speeding down in the opposite direction. The train was going 48 mph, where Romo, died at the scene ABC reported.

The officers and investigators are not sure if this was an accident or if it was suicide. “This doesn’t seem like a suicide attempt, since he brought a bike with him” said Placentia police officer, reported by the OC Register. “This is another reason why we shouldn’t go on railroad tracks at any time, even if it seems safe,” added the officer

This was the 49th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 11th in Orange County. Romo is the 19th Southern Californian to be killed by a train since 2011, reported ABC7 News.