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Train fatality in Turlock
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A man was struck and killed by a freight train Sunday night in Turlock.

The deceased was identified as Aaron Mosby, 41, of Turlock, according to the Turlock Police Department.

The incident was reported around 7:30 p.m. Sunday and happened near the intersection of Fulkerth Road and N. Golden State Boulevard.

Mosby was struck by the front of the Union Pacific train and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death comes a little over a week after another man was struck and killed by a freight train in Turlock. That incident happened around 1 a.m. Oct. 21 on the railroad tracks at Marshall Street.

The name of the man killed on Oct. 21 has not been released because police are still trying to locate his next of kin.

An effort to improve safety around trains and railroad tracks was launched in 1972 when the nonprofit group Operation Lifesaver began. The nonprofit team consists of nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate people about rail safety, state coordinators who lead the efforts in states across the U.S. and a national office in Washington, D.C., that supports state programs, develops education materials, and creates public awareness campaigns for audiences of all ages.

In January of 2011, the group made a trip to Turlock after the area experienced a spike in train related deaths. In that exercise, an Operation Lifesaver train traveled slowly through a stretch of railroad tracks with a Turlock Police officer on board. The officer would radio other officers when violations were witnessed, such as crossing under or around crossing arms or not leaving enough clearance space.

While Operation Lifesaver does help create awareness of the dangers for motorists coming to close to train tracks or trying to beat the train, it does not address issues of people committing suicide by train.