UPDATE (9:08 p.m. 5/11): Officials with Union Pacific Railroad issued this statement concerning the deadly train versus pedestrian crash...
"Today, around 7 p.m., a northbound Union Pacific locomotive struck a pedestrian who sustained fatal injuries along the Mojave Subdivision in Bakersfield, California. No other injuries were reported and the cause of the incident is under investigation.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends during this difficult time.
The safety message here is that pedestrians, and everyone, need to be very aware of the hazards associated with trains and never attempt to cross the tracks anywhere other than at a designated crossing when signs and signals permit.
Our locomotive engineer and conductor were immediately put in touch with peer counselors who are also locomotive engineers and conductors as part of our "Peer Support" program."
Kern County Fire Fighters are currently on scene and investigating a deadly train versus pedestrian crash.
The crash happened in East Bakersfield near the intersection of Morning Drive and Edison Highway on Thursday at 7 p.m.
There is no word yet on how the crash happened or who the victim is. Expect traffic delays in the area as officials continue their investigation.