Man dies: Sierra Street crossing

Richard Ruiz, 65, of Kingsburg, was killed after reportedly attempting to go through the crossing guard arms at the intersection of Sierra and Simpson streets about 5 p.m. on Aug. 21.

KINGSBURG – The California Highway Patrol reported Aug. 23 that it was a Kingsburg man that was killed as his vehicle was struck by an oncoming train at the crossing near Sierra and Simpson streets.

According to Kingsburg Police reports, Richard Ruiz, 65, had reportedly attempted to go through the crossing area as he drove west on Sierra Street around 5 p.m. on Aug. 21.

Kingsburg Police Department Sergeant Kevin Pendley said the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were no other passengers in the car.

This was the second fatal train collision that day.

Earlier, a Reedley woman was killed when the SUV in which she was a passenger got stuck in the railroad crossing arms near Golden State Blvd. and Highland Ave. in Selma.

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