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Man hit and killed by train near Del Mar

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Tragedy on the tracks at Torrey Pines State Beach as a pedestrian is hit and killed by a train.

Sheriff's deputies say the 49-year-old man was walking with two other people late Sunday morning, and didn't get out of the way in time.

It happened just before 11:30 a.m. on a stretch of track near the intersection of Torrey Pines Road and Carmel Valley Road.

"From witness statements, he was walking along the center of the tracks," said Sgt. Jason King, San Diego Sheriff's Department's Railroad Enforcement Unit. 

The northbound train's conductor told investigators he saw the victim with two other people and tried warning them using bells and whistles.

While the victim's friends moved out of the way -- he continued walking on the tracks -- but the train couldn't stop in time. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

"These trains, depending on the size, if it's a freight train to an Amtrak, they're gonna need anywhere from a couple hundred yards to a half a mile to come to a stop," said Sgt. King. 

Crossing train tracks is a misdemeanor offense. Despite that, while we were at the scene alongside authorities, people continued to do it. It's especially popular in this area because it gives visitors access to the beach.

"Hundreds of people all day cross back and forth...for surfing and everything," one beachgoer said.

"We come every once in a while. We do see people crossing. Usually you're very careful. You look both ways...you makes sure that it's clear," another beachgoer said.

No word on where the victim was going or coming from.

As for the train, at least 109 passengers were on board. They had to sit on the tracks for an hour and a half before being allowed to continue on to their final destination.

"I had no idea...that's why the train was stopped...it's terrible."

Anyone with information about this case can call the Sheriff's Department non-emergency line at 858-565-5200.

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