UPDATE: Authorities identify man killed on train tracks in Guadalupe

Posted at 3:27 PM, Oct 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 18:27:32-04

Update (2:20 p.m. 10/2/18) – Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies identified the man who was hit and killed by a train in Guadalupe.

Luis Cervantes, 59, was struck and killed by a northbound Amtrak train on Monday afternoon. Investigators say he was sitting on the tracks as the train was approaching. The train engineer honked the train’s horn, but says Cervantes only stood up and did not get out of the way in time.

Next of kin has been notified.

UPDATE (5:45 p.m.) – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office says a man was on the railroad tracks when he was hit and killed by an Amtrak passenger train that was headed northbound.

Investigators say the train engineer saw the man sitting in the train tracks. The engineer used the train’s horn and braking system. The engineer told investigators that the man stood up, but didn’t get out of the way in time.

An official cause of death is pending toxicology and lab results.

UPDATE (4:45 p.m.) – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says an adult male was killed along the train tracks near Pacheco and 12th Streets. The Sheriff’s Office says the incident is under investigation, but it appears to be an accident.

The Coroner’s Office is working on identifying the person who was killed.

UPDATE (4:35 p.m.) – A KSBY crew at the scene of a “trespasser incident” says a body appeared to be taken away in a body bag.

Pacific Surfliner says the train involved in the incident is moving again and other trains are passing through the area, but delays will continue.  Pacific Surfliner tweeted Monday afternoon that Train 763 would continue to Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo after it had been stopped.


Guadalupe Police are responding to reports of a person hit by an Amtrak Train, north of Guadalupe.

According to Pacific Surfliner, Train 763 was involved in a trespasser incident Monday afternoon. Amtrak shut down train tracks immediately and are warning of several delays because of the closure.

Guadalupe Police confirmed receiving reports of a collision and are sending officers there now. They did not have details on the condition of the person.

Amtrak is warning passengers of severe delays on Train 796, 11 and 14 while officers work the scene.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.