OAKLEY -- A man riding a dirt bike died Thursday after colliding with an Amtrak train, police said.

Investigators were still gathering clues about the collision, which happened around 11:30 a.m. on the train tracks between Big Break and Bridgehead roads in Oakley. Police said the wreck appears to be an accident.

"That area out there is a lot of vineyards, and this person came out of the vineyards and was riding alongside of the train," Oakley police Sgt. Steve Perata said. "It appears he somehow got caught up under the last car."

The man's identity was withheld pending notification of his relatives.

The bike hit the No. 714 train on the San Joaquin line, which left from Oakland at 10:05 a.m. en route to Bakersfield, Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said. None of the 92 people aboard the train were injured, and the tracks were expected to be cleared before the next train was scheduled to come through at 2:30 p.m., she said.

"Initially, the engineers thought the train had hit debris," Graham said. "It was only after the train stopped and they investigated that they discovered somebody had been struck."

Crisis counselors were being provided to the crew, Graham said.

Rick Hurd covers breaking news. Contact him in Antioch at 925-779-7166 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.



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