Fatal Train vs. Bicyclist Accident

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EUGENE, Ore. —  Police are investigating after a Eugene bicyclist was hit and killed by an Amtrak train while riding downtown.

The accident happened at about 5:15 Thursday evening near the Federal Courthouse at 8th and Hilyard Street.

Police say an Amtrak train bound for Los Angeles hit 49-year-old James Daywitt as he was trying to beat the train across the tracks. Passengers say they knew something was wrong when the train came to a stop. The train remained stopped, with passengers on board, while police investigated.

Police have yet to release details of their investigation.

No one on the train, including the crew was injured. Per their request, the crew was relieved which caused a several hour delay as amtrak brought in replacements.


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  1. Caitlin Peterson says:

    The person in question was a very good friend of my family…this loss is a tragic one, both to myself and my mom. As I’m sure it is for his wife and twins. He is going to be greatly missed.

  2. Michael Haywood says:

    This is very tragic news as was the recent death of the young boy in Junction City. I work for a railroad and the fear in any train crew’s hearts is this type of incident. That is why I am a presenter for Operation Lifesaver to educate the public about safety near railroad tracks.. Hopefully my efforts will not be in vain. If I can help save someone, anyone, from an injury or fatality near tracks it will have been worth the time and effort.

  3. max maxwell says:

    I nice picto graph sign by each crossing in Eugene and JC “Danger high speed trains do not attempt crossing while gate is down” picto graph of a train running victim over wheels on top of legs , maybe head flying off .Instead I bet we will see “Make the train go away ” campaigns.Although its hard to lose a loved one due to bad judgement , weve all seen the train films since kids maybe need to see a real film of an accident like this or even put a dummy up and see what happens to it .

    1. jason marks says:

      wasn’t high speed at that location.. the train station is just blocks from that location, you never see a amtrack running at high speed in that location.

      sad, i see this happen all the time, people in too big of a hurry and run across a live track.

  4. Eileen Deadwiler says:

    Words can’t express the sadness I feel in my heart for families that experience such tragedies….The victim was extremely close to our family as well, expecially my husband….we will continue to lift up his wife and family in prayer. He was a great friend and an awesome person, he will be missed.

  5. Shelly Taylor says:

    This is very sad. It is SO IMPORTANT that we all remember how DANGEROUS railroad tracks are. No one is a match for a train, even in a truck. Even a slow moving train is dangerous. We apparently do need more education, especially if we are going to move to high speed transit. Michael Haywood, thanks for educating people!!! We apparently need more like you!!!

  6. steve says:

    Sad thing that happened. Note to self stay off the railroad tracks and don’t go around the gates. The crossings are equipped with lights and gates for a reason. Wake up people.

  7. B says:

    There are no gates to go around. The bicycle path is unprotected. That is why the cycling community has identified this site as potentially dangerous. If you actually visit the site you can see how this horrifying tragedy was able to happen. When posting comments let’s not forget that he was somebody’s everything and to say that he will be missed doesn’t even cover it. I’m a better person for having known him.

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