Two struck by train on Donner Summit
December 26, 2008
Two pedestrians were struck and one killed by a train on Donner Summit Thursday afternoon.
At about 3:30 p.m. Nevada County Sheriffs and Truckee Fire Protection District personnel responded to reports of the collision in the Soda Springs area, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
Upon arrival, Sydney Parks, 59 of Petaluma was pronounced dead and Alan Young, 22 of Davis was severely injured and taken to Truckee Forest Hospital.
According to Young and other witnesses, the two were walking along the tracks believing it to be a trail when a train approached, said Keith Royal, sheriff-coronor, in the press release.
The train, plowing the tracks, sounded its whistle and initiated an emergency stop, according to the release.
In poor visibility Parks and Young accidentally moved into the train’s path while attempting to get out of its way, according to the release.