Teen Struck, Killed By Train On South Coast

Mar 12, 2017

A teenager has been struck and killed by a train on the South Coast, and investigators are trying to figure what he was doing on the railroad tracks.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said around 1:30 Saturday afternoon, a young man -- identified as 18-year-old Connor O’Keefe of Santa Barbara -- was walking northbound along the tracks near Fernald Point Lane in Montecito when he was hit by an Amtrak passenger train that was also headed northbound.

The train engineer told authorities that he saw the man on the tracks and activated the horn, whistle and braking system, but the man didn’t respond and was fatally hit by the train.