A 19-year-old Manteca man was killed Friday night as he and three friends ran across the tracks near the 300 block of West Yosemite Avenue in front of an approaching train.
Manteca Police Sgt. Rob Armasino said the four were seen walking in the area when they all reportedly attempted to beat the train, according to witnesses who said the crossing arms on Yosemite had dropped across the traffic lane.
Three teens made it across but the fourth was mortally injured when he was brushed by the train.
Patrolman Elliott Eichel was flagged down by a citizen and told of the youth who was knocked to the ground by the freight train. Eichel attempted life-saving measures until medics arrived.
The youth was transported by Manteca District Ambulance to San Joaquin General Hospital where he passed away from his injuries.
A similar incident occurred last year also near the Yosemite crossing when friends were walking down Yosemite Avenue and one teen didn’t clear the train and was killed. A memorial has been kept at the scene by friends. A number of other pedestrians have lost their lives on the tracks near the downtown area over the years.