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Train kills cyclist in Santa Fe

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A bicyclist and passenger cross the tracks

A Santa Fe Police officer helps a bicyclist and passenger across the tracks as police investigate the scene where a bicyclist was killed when she was hit by a Rail Runner train on Saturday morning. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

A Rail Runner Express train struck and killed a bicyclist in Santa Fe on Saturday, the second fatality within a week involving the commuter train.

The crash happened around 11 a.m. at Zia Road and St. Francis Drive as the southbound train was leaving the city.

The female bicyclist has been identified as a 60-year-old Santa Fe resident, but police were not releasing her name until next of kin had been notified.

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 hit. He said the gates that warn drivers and pedestrians of an impending train were down and flashing by the time crews arrived.

The train sat near the intersection as Santa Fe Police investigated. Zia Road was reopened around 6:30 p.m. once the investigation wrapped up, police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt said.

Augusta Meyers, spokeswoman for the Mid-Region Council of Governments, said the 99 people on board were taken by bus to their destinations.

On Monday, a pedestrian was struck and killed by the commuter train near Second and Prosperity in the South Valley area of Albuquerque, according to State Police.

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