Victim identified in first local train-related pedestrian fatality of 2019

OXNARD, Calif. - The Oxnard Police Department has released the identity of a woman who was struck and killed by an Amtrak train after walking into its path Thursday afternoon.

It happened Jan. 24 at around 1:22 p.m. on the tracks near the intersection of Gonzales Road and Oxnard Blvd.  

According to police, 75-year-old Kathleen Elo of Oxnard and her small dog were walking eastbound on the north sidewalk of Gonzales Road when they walked onto the tracks and were struck by the train.

Anyone with information regarding the collision is urged to call Traffic Officer Phillip Flores at (805) 385-7750 or via email at 


The first train-related fatality of the year involving a pedestrian in our tri-county area is being
investigated by Amtrak police and the Oxnard Police Department.

Oxnard police confirmed the fatality.

Olivia Irvin, Amtrak's Public Relations Manager, confirmed "a person was trespassing on the tracks"
and "came into contact with Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train 767" just before 1:30 p.m., Thursday afternoon while on its way from San Diego to Goleta.

Oxnard police pinpointed the incident on the tracks at Gonzales Road and Oxnard Boulevard.

Irvin said none of the 157 passengers and crew members aboard were hurt.

The incident caused nearly two and a half hour delay for that particular train and
another two and a half hour delay for the 782 train, headed back to San Diego.

Irwin said each year, about 2, 000 people are killed or injured in grade crossings and trespassing incidents, nationwide.

Irwin shared Amtrak's standard message that all individuals should exercise caution around railroad tracks and crossings. Amtrak continues to work closely with Operation Lifesaver (OLI) to communicate the dangers of grade crossings.
For rail grade crossing tips, visit Operation Lifesaver's website at  


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