A 66-year-old man has been identified after being fatally struck by a train in central Fresno


Less than three weeks into the new year, Fresno County has already seen one train-related death.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office has identified Leon Perez, 66, as the man who died Tuesday night after being struck by a train in the area of ​​Wishon and Shields streets in central Fresno.

Authorities are still trying to determine what happened before Perez was struck by the train.

Last year, three people were killed in a train accident in Fresno County.

Only Los Angeles County (5), San Diego County (4) and Santa Clara County (4) had more train-related deaths among California counties than Fresno during 2023. According to data from the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration.

The data also shows there have been 13 deaths out of 37 train-related crashes in Fresno County since 2018.

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