Coroner Identifies Man Struck by Train

Matthew Finch, 28, of El Cerrito was killed when he was struck by a Union Pacific train yesterday morning.

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By Bay City News—

A pedestrian struck and killed by a Union Pacific freight train in Berkeley on Monday has been identified as Matthew Finch, a 28-year-old El Cerrito resident, according to the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

Finch was struck near the Berkeley and Albany border around 9:06 a.m., and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Berkeley fire Acting Deputy Chief Avery Webb.

[Related article: Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Union Pacific Freight Train…] 

Finch had been walking south on the tracks when he was hit by a southbound Union Pacific train heading from Roseville to Oakland, Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt said. The train crew blew the train's horn and tried to stop, but freight trains typically take over a mile to stop and the train was not able to stop in time, Hunt said.
No determination is available on whether the death was a suicide or accident, a coroner's office official said this morning.
Claudia March 19, 2014 at 09:08 AM
I thought this accident occurred in the morning, not the p.m., can you check on that?
Autumn Johnson March 19, 2014 at 09:10 AM
Yes, you are right. Below the headline it says morning. The news wire service that produced this story had a small typo. It has been corrected. Thanks.
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