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CHICO — A man was killed early Saturday morning when he reportedly reclined on the railroad tracks between Nord Avenue and Chico State University and was run over by a Union Pacific freight train.

Police said Daniel E. Crespo, 22, approached the tracks about 4:30 a.m. on a pedestrian path that leads from Nord Avenue.

Train personnel said he was on crutches, and threw them to the side as he lay between the rails.

He reportedly placed his arms under his head and stared at the train as it approached.

Police are investigating the incident as a suicide.

The northbound train came to a halt around First Street. Crespo”s body was reportedly thrown or dragged a long distance.

Police said he was found wearing a leg brace, but they had no information about the victim suffering from an injury or disability.

Following an on-scene investigation, the train was allowed to proceed with a replacement crew. Counseling will be available to crew members aboard the train at the time of the accident.

Police said Crespo had an address on West Sacramento Avenue.

He graduated from Wheatland High School and transferred from Yuba College to Chico State University in Fall 2008.

University spokesman Joe Wills said he registered for classes in Spring 2009, but reportedly withdrew in February.

Crespo had declared his major as criminal justice, Wills said.

He would have turned 23 on Thursday.

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