A Friday afternoon train vs. pedestrian accident in Riverbank claimed the life of a Modesto man.
Riverbank Police Services deputies were dispatched around 3:52 p.m. on Friday, July 19 to the train trestle over the Stanislaus River on the south side of River Cove Drive and Dunbar Lane after a man identified as Akshay Singh, 22, of Modesto was hit by a train.
Singh and his girlfriend drove from Modesto to Jacob Myers Park on that Friday afternoon. They parked and made their way to the train trestle, according to authorities. They walked southbound on the tracks where a few trains had passed them by. Then they turned around to walk back northbound and as the Amtrak train was heading their way they both stepped off the tracks to get out of the way. Singh, officials said, did not step far enough out of the way and the train struck him. Coroner’s office personnel responded to the scene along with police and emergency services crews.
Authorities said the Amtrak train was unable to stop in time to avoid striking the man. His girlfriend was not injured but was reported to be in shock when deputies arrived on scene. After the investigation, the coroner’s office recovered the body and removed it from the scene.
Officials said the incident points out the dangers of walking along the tracks. There are also signs posted underneath the trestle advising people to not walk on the train tracks.