ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Rail Runner train struck and killed a 60-year-old female bicyclist while leaving Santa Fe around 11 a.m. today.
The woman has been identified but police aren’t releasing her identity, as they say next of kin still need to be notified. The train sat near the intersection of Zia Road and St. Francis for hours as police investigated. Zia Road was reopened around 6:30 p.m. after the investigation wrapped up, said Celina Westervelt, the Santa Fe police spokeswoman.
Westervelt said the woman’s name likely wouldn’t be released until Monday.
Marty Sena, the on-duty battalion chief for the Santa Fe Fire Department, said the bicyclist was crossing the tracks at the Zia Road intersection when she was struck. He said the gates that warn drivers and pedestrians of an impending train were down and flashing by the time firefighters arrived.
Westervelt said the passengers on board during the crash were bussed to a nearby station where they continued to their destinations. She said the Rail Runner was running normally by 8 p.m.
Augusta Meyers, spokeswoman for the Mid-Region Council of Governments, said the train could not have been going faster than 30 mph while traveling within city limits. It travels at 79 mph outside the city.
This is the second fatality involving the Rail Runner this week. On Monday, a pedestrian was struck and killed by the commuter train in Albuquerque near Second Street and Prosperity, according to State Police.
Westervelt said police intend to release more information later this evening but that the woman killed will likely not be identified publicly until Sunday.
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