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.