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Police: Man struck by train in Truckee likely committed suicide

David Bunker
Sierra Sun

A Homewood man found dead alongside the railroad tracks near downtown Truckee on Thursday night likely committed suicide by leaning in front of a fast-moving train, Truckee police said.

The body of Robert M. Sullivan, 80 of Homewood, was spotted at 8:55 p.m. by a railroad engineer who was passing through town, police said. The body was just east of the Donner Pass Road roundabout.

Investigators determined that Sullivan was struck by an eastbound train at 5:22 p.m. Since his entire body was not on the tracks, the engineer of the train that hit him did not notice the collision, police said.

Police located Sullivan’s vehicle, which was parked on West River Street.

“Evidence inside his vehicle indicates that he may have been contemplating suicide,” said Truckee police Lt. Dan Johnston.

Officers halted train traffic in both directions for two hours while the agencies conducted the investigation.

The Nevada County Coroner’s Office has not yet officially ruled the death a suicide.