Suicide by train

Man killed on tracks in Chico leaped in front of it intentionally, police say

The man killed by a train near the Amtrak station on Orange Street last week (Aug. 31) has been identified as Isaac Marquez, 30, of Chico, and his death appears to have been a suicide.

Marquez was struck by the northbound train at about 6 a.m., and the ensuing cleanup and police investigation caused the train to block the train crossings between First and Ninth streets for several hours, Chico Police Chief Mike O’Brien told the CN&R by phone.

“It was a time-consuming investigation,” he said.

Police believe that Marquez crouched near the tracks and leaped in front of the train intentionally, O’Brien said, but the department is waiting on video footage confirmation.