For the second time in a couple of months, a bicyclist has been hit and killed by the Rail Runner commuter train in Santa Fe.
Authorities confirmed about 12:30 p.m. that a male biker struck by the train had been pronounced dead at the hospital. The accident occurred at about 11:30 a.m.
A Rail Runner spokeswoman said the biker was struck by the train near St. Michael’s Drive shortly before noon today. The train crosses St. Mike’s west of Calle Lorca. The victim’s crumpled bicycle lay in the middle of the tracks about 30 yards down from the crossing. Police evidence technicians photographed the scene while others prepared instruments to take measurements.
Emergency radio scanner traffic indicated the rider was a 44-year-old male. No information on his name or where he was from was available. It’s unknown yet if the cyclist was wearing a helmet.
“It appeared that all the crossing signals and warning lights were working properly,” said Celina Espinoza of the Santa Fe police. The train was northbound (towards Santa Fe) and the cyclist was westbound on the north side of the road.
Rail Runner spokeswoman Augusta Meyers said that there were 225 passengers on the northbound train headed into downtown Santa Fe. They were being be bused to either the South Capitol station or the Railyard depot.
Espinoza said one westbound lane of St. Mike’s is closed. Eastbound lanes are open. State Department of Transportation inspectors are investigating the accident along with police. The Department of Transportation is expected to retrieve any video of the accident recorded from the train. Any witnesses are asked to call police at 505-428-3710.
A female bike rider from Santa Fe was killed in April when she rode in front of the Rail Runner near the Zia Road crossing.