Stephen Mitchell Identified as Victim of Walnut Creek Train-Pedestrian Collision

Stephen Mitchell

Authorities have identified the man who lost his life over the weekend in what appeared to be an intentional suicide attempt involving a train, in Walnut Creek, California. The Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office, on Monday, May 18, publicly disclosed the man’s identity as Stephen Mitchell, a 61-year-old resident of Walnut Creek.

The train-pedestrian fatality took place at precisely 2:40 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Walnut Creek train station. Police said it involved a BART train traveling along the Antioch lines. BART officials notified the authorities about the crash, prompting their response.

Investigators believe the victim got into the railroad tracks on his own volition, where a BART locomotive struck him. Emergency responders pronounced the fatal victim deceased at the scene.

The fatal occurrence resulted in a service interruption on the Antioch line for over two hours. All tracks between Lafayette and Pleasant Hill stations remained close for hours. BARTS permitted movement of service locomotives at about 4 p.m. However, all trains plying the route maintained a single track until free movement resumed shortly after 5 p.m., as per the accident reports.

The tragic collision which claimed Stephen Mitchell’s life was reportedly the second train-pedestrian fatality the Bay Area transit recorded on Saturday.

BART told officers that the fatal victim acted alone, raising suspicions of suicide. The incident remains under investigation.

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