Richmond Hill police have identified Steven Vega Maldonado, 20, of Richmond Hill, as the person struck and killed by a CSX train Sunday afternoon.
Police spokesman Lt. Brad Sykes said, according to information from the train's conductor, Maldonado was walking on the tracks wearing what appeared to be ear buds. The conductor tried to warn Maldonado of his approach but Maldonado apparently did not hear the approaching train or the warning. When the conductor spotted Maldonado he was unable to stop the train in time.
Laura Phelps a spokeswoman with CSX said it takes between a mile to a mile and a half to stop a train.
Sykes said ear buds were found in the area. It is not known where Maldonado was heading at the time of the accident or why he chose to walk on the tracks. A joint investigation is being conducted by the Richmond Hill Police Department and CSX.
The accident occurred around 3:15 p.m. on tracks a few hundred feet from U.S. 17 and Harris Trail Road in Richmond Hill.
Richmond Hill Fire Capt. Brendon Greene called the incident rare for Richmond Hill, but urged residents to take "extreme precautions" when walking on or near railroad tracks.