Campus Beat Reporter
Second year University of California, Santa Barbara student Lillian Feng passed away on Sun., Jan. 10 following a fatal Amtrak train collision at 9:13 AM. Feng, a pre-psychology major, was 19 years old.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department released Feng’s name and preliminary details via press release on Mon., Jan. 11 at 1:45 PM. The incident took place underneath the overpass at Glen Annie Rd. and Storke Rd. in Goleta, where Feng was struck by southbound Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train 774. Santa Barbara County Fire Dispatch received a call for a “Code 3” vehicle accident at 9:13 AM on Sun., Jan. 10, indicating that it was a life-threatening injury.
Feng, who was originally from Davis, Calif., attended Davis Senior High School, where she participated in a community flute choir. At UCSB, she participated in Gaucho Pep Band.
“Her actions prior to the collision indicated that she was deliberately trying to get hit by the train,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover said of the witnesses’ account. Out of respect for the deceased’s family, Hoover declined to elaborate.
This is the third train-related fatal accident that has occurred within three days. On Fri., Jan. 8, Amtrak train Pacific Surfliner 790 struck a 60-year-old male in Summerland, and on Sat., Jan. 9, when Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train 777 hit 19-year-old Aaron Matthew Wolf in San Luis Obispo.
As of press time, the coroner’s report has yet to be released.
If you or anyone you know has been impacted by the news of Feng’s passing, UCSB Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can be reached on their 24-hour hotline at (805) 893-4411.
This article will be updated as we receive more information regarding the investigation.