For the second time this month a pedestrian was struck by a train in Turlock, though on this occasion the encounter proved fatal.
Around 5:30 p.m. Saturday the Turlock Police Department received a report of a train collision possibly involving a vehicle and/or pedestrian at the railroad tracks near the intersection at W. Main and S. First streets.
Emergency personnel arriving at the scene found a woman who had been struck by the train. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The deceased was identified as Jodi Merenda, 42. The Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office said Merenda had no town of residence listed.
There was no vehicle involved in the collision and the incident appears to have been an intentional act, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Russ Holeman.
On Sept. 15, a 57-year-old man sustained life-threatening injuries after he was hit by a train in Turlock. The investigation suggests the man was standing too close to the tracks and was clipped by the passing train.