Denver man dies in train collision

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By Lee Einer

A car and an Amtrak train collided on Rio Arriba Road north of Las Vegas early Thursday afternoon.

Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said that there was one occupant of the car and that the occupant was killed. The driver was Fred Stark of Denver.

The investigation was begun by the Las Vegas Police Department, but was handed over to the state police when it was determined that the site of the accident was just outside the city limits.

Gold said the accident is still being investigated by state police and that details were uncertain, but the pickup appeared to be heading eastbound on Rio Arriba road near the Las Vegas solid waste transfer station when it collided with the train.

What remained of the car lay partially covered by a red tarp, less than a hundred yards from the intersection.

The incident was the second fatal collision of an automobile and an Amtrak train in the area in less than a year. In December 2007, a teenager was killed near Rowe, N.M., when his car was struck while crossing the railroad tracks. In both cases, the railroad crossing was marked with a sign, but no lights or other warning devices to signal that a train was coming.