Person dies in collision with train

Jan. 21—A person died Thursday after being involved in a collision with a commuter train near Shafter, the Kern County Fire Department reported Saturday.

It happened at 4:45 p.m. at Central Valley Highway at Madera Avenue. Firefighters found the deceased person in a vehicle with major damage.

The train conductor told firefighters there were about 60 passengers aboard. One passenger and one train employee were assessed; both declined treatment, the KCFD said in a news release.

The California Highway Patrol and Shafter Police closed the roads and the railroad company shut down rail traffic. Once a coroner arrived and finished an on-scene investigation, firefighters extricated the victim, whose name has not been released.