A man walking across some train tracks in Berkeley was killed by an Amtrak train. The train accident happened early this morning. The man was not using a marked crossing to cross the train tracks.
The California Zephyr train was headed east and was near the Berkeley Amtrak station, located at University Avenue and Third Street, at 8:12 a.m. when the accident happened, said Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham. She did not know how fast the train was going.
There was no rail crossing where the person was hit, Graham said.
The accident is being investigated by the local police department and by Amtrak. The train accident tied up railway traffic for hours. It is believed that the man was talking on his cell phone at the time of the accident.