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Man killed by commuter train in San Diego County

April 28, 2010 |  8:11 am

A Coaster commuter train struck and killed a man who was walking a dog in Del Mar, authorities said.

The accident happened Tuesday night at the railway crossing in the 1600 block of Coast Boulevard, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

The engineer told investigators that the train was traveling north at about 50 mph when he saw the man crossing the tracks with the dog.

“The engineer sounded his horn and applied the train's brakes,” the statement said. “The man did not respond to the horn in any way, but continued to walk slowly across the tracks.”

Although the man made it across, he was clipped by the passing train, which extended from the tracks by about four feet on each side, the statement said.

Witnesses administered first aid and called 911. The man was declared dead at 8.35 p.m.

Authorities did not immediately identify the 42-year-old victim, who they said was from Washington state and had been dog-sitting.

The dog, a black Labrador retriever, was not hurt in the incident and was being kept by neighbors of the owner, the statement said.

-- Alexandra Zavis