ONTARIO — A Pocatello man was struck and killed by a train on the east track near the S.E. Fifth Ave. crossing in Ontario early Sunday morning, according to Ontario police.
At approximately 2:43 a.m., officers heard a westbound Union Pacific train start emergency braking. They responded to the area and made contact with the conductor, who said he had struck a person. Police were able to locate Joel Guerrero, 35, Pocatello, who was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Ontario Police were assisted in their search by Oregon State Police, Malheur County Sheriff's Office and Nyssa City Police.
Ontario Chief of Police Mark Alexander said Monday that Guerrero was in Ontario on a temporary job assignment.
"From indications at this point, it appears that he put himself in a position to be hit by that train," Alexander said. "It's unfortunate for his family and friends and the responders and the train operators as well."
Ontario Police and Union Pacific are investigating the incident.