Fernley man died in crash by tracks, then train hit truck

This is the scene of a crash on the Union Pacific railroad tracks near the Painted Rock...
This is the scene of a crash on the Union Pacific railroad tracks near the Painted Rock interchange with Interstate 80 east of Sparks. Photo by Gurajpal Sangha/KOLO.(KOLO)
Published: Jun. 17, 2017 at 9:59 AM PDT
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A Fernley man died in a crash off a cliff early Saturday near Wadsworth and then his truck ended up next to the train tracks where a train clipped a corner, Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro said.

Saul Arellano, 27, went about 50 feet down a cliff in his truck south of the Truckee River roughly half way between the Painted Rock and Wadsworth exits from Interstate 80. The truck ended up upside down next to the railroad tracks and an eastbound Union Pacific freight train clipped the edge of the truck about 8:12 a.m.

Antinoro said the impact from the fall down the cliff is what killed Arellano, not the impact of the train.

A train last went through that area between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. and Arellano was last seen alive at about 2 a.m., Antinoro said. Arellano had driven down a narrow dirt road and appeared to have tried to turn around after coming to a locked gate and ended up going down the cliff.

The sheriff did not know what Arellano was doing in the area. He was not buckled into his seatbelt at the time of impact.

By mid-afternoon crews had cleared the scene, Storey County Manager Pat Whitten said. Union Pacific suspended train traffic on the track Saturday morning but resumed by Saturday afternoon.

Union Pacific said in a statement that no crew was injured in the incident and the railroad extended its condolences to Arellano’s family and friends.