Man hit and killed by train in Chico identified


CHICO, Calif. - The man who was hit and killed by a train in Chico Friday night has been identified as Martin Mikolajczak, 34.

Police said at approximately 9:53 p.m., the Chico Police Department Dispatch Center was notified by Union Pacific Railroad of an accident involving a pedestrian between West 5 and West 7 Streets.

Officers were dispatched and arrived quickly into the area. Information received from the train engineer point to Mikolajczak having knowledge of the train coming his way, however, he stayed on the railroad tracks.

Police said it is unknown if this was a suicide or if alcohol/drugs were a factor. An autopsy is scheduled at a later time to determined if alcohol/drugs were a factor.

The Chico Police Department would like to remind the public of the dangers associated with walking on the railroad tracks. The train traverses the City of Chico at a high speed and cannot stop quickly.

Officials ask pedestrians to use caution and obey all laws when crossing any and all railroad tracks.