A pedestrian struck and killed by a Union Pacific freight train in Berkeley on Monday has been identified as Matthew Finch, a 28-year-old El Cerrito resident, according to the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

Finch was struck near the Berkeley and Albany border around 9:06 p.m., and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Berkeley fire Acting Deputy Chief Avery Webb.

Finch had been walking south on the tracks when he was hit by a southbound Union Pacific train heading from Roseville to Oakland, Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt said.

The train crew blew the train's horn and tried to stop, but freight trains typically take over a mile to stop and the train was not able to stop in time, Hunt said.

No determination is available on whether the death was a suicide or accident, a coroner's office official said this morning.



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