A pickup truck driver who apparently stopped on railroad tracks intentionally was killed today when the vehicle was hit by a BNSF Railway freight train in Riverside, police said.
The crash occurred at 5:01 a.m. at Pierce Street, said Riverside police Lt. Leon Phillips. The motorist, described only as a male, died at the scene, Phillips said.
His name was not immediately released.
Witnesses told police that the motorist drove southbound around the crossing arms at the intersection, and “apparently intentionally” positioned the vehicle on the tracks, Phillips said.
The 1994 Toyota pickup truck was then struck by the westbound freight train, Phillips said.
The tracks remained blocked about three hours afterward, Phillips said. Sherita Coffelt of Metrolink said some commuter trains were being
affected on the Inland Empire/Orange County Line, and on the 91 Line because both tracks were blocked. The crash involved a BNSF Railway train, said Lena Kent of the railroad.
No injuries were reported aboard the freight train.