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Truckee Police Dept.
Thursday April 10th, 2014 :: 09:18 a.m. PDT


Update: Train collision involving pedestrian determined to be a tragic accident.

On April 9, 2014 at 1:40 PM the Truckee Police Department received a report of a pedestrian struck by a moving train under and east of the Hwy 267 overpass. First responders arrived and discovered a deceased female.

Truckee Police investigators have determined the event to be a tragic accident. The investigation has determined the victim had come from the Olympic Heights neighborhood on foot, crossing Glenshire Drive and down to the rails on the north side of the Truckee River. The victim was either walking or running westbound on the rails with the intent of crossing the river at some point to access the Legacy Trail for a jog. The victim was wearing headphones that fully covered her ears while listening to loud music. The train operators saw the victim in their path, sounded the horn extensively, slowed the train, and did what they could to avoid striking the victim. Union Pacific and the train operators were very cooperative during the investigation.  The train was stopped and remained on scene during the investigation. It appears the train operators did not contribute to this accident and did all they could to avoid it.

The victim has been identified as Janaki Rose Hayes, 27 years of age. She was currently living in Truckee after recently relocating from Oregon.  Alcohol and/or drugs does not appear to be a factor in this case. The train involved was a Union Pacific cargo train traveling from Sparks, Nevada to Roseville, California. There were no passengers aboard the train other than the operators. The identity of the train operators will not be released.

The Truckee Police Department would like to remind everyone that not only is it illegal to walk on or cross railroad tracks it is dangerous. Additionally, whether near tracks or not, wearing headphones in or over both ears while walking or running is dangerous as it denies you one of the most valuable human senses of danger - your hearing. Lastly, the for reasons above, the wearing of headphones in both ears while riding a bicycle on a roadway or operating a motor vehicle on a road way is illegal and subject to citation.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to contact Det. Arnie Lopez at 530.550.2336.

Media inquiries should be directed to Adam McGill, Chief of Police at 530.550.2329.

Truckee Police Dept.
10183 Truckee Airport Rd
Truckee, CA 96161

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 530-550-2323

Adam McGill
Truckee Police Department

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