Here’s a roundup of recent incidents and announcements from Ventura County agencies:
Train kills pedestrian
OXNARD — A 68-year-old Oxnard man died after he was hit by a train on Tuesday night, according to the Oxnard Police Department.
The crash happened at 7:43 p.m. near Oxnard Boulevard and Wagon Wheel Road.
Investigators say the man was on the tracks when he was hit by a southbound Amtrak train. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police officials didn’t know why the man was on the tracks, authorities said.
His name has not been released pending notification of family by the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Cat dies in garage fire
SIMI VALLEY — A pet cat died after a fire broke out in the garage of a Simi Valley home Tuesday afternoon.
The Ventura County Fire Department responded to the incident shortly after 3 p.m. in the 4800 block of Alamo Street.
The fire had started in the garage of the single-family residence before spreading to the rest of the house and attic. It was knocked down by 3:40 p.m.
In addition to the cat death, one adult and three juveniles were temporarily displaced by the damage, authorities said.
The incident closed Alamo Street for a time. The cause is unknown and remains under investigation.
Seacliff ramp closures return for weekend
VENTURA COUNTY — The southbound on- and off-ramps for Highway 101 at the Seacliff interchange will be closed for the weekend for construction.
The closure will last from 7 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, according to the California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans.
A major pavement rehabilitation project is underway along a roughly 4.3-mile stretch of the freeway south of Mussel Shoals.
Southbound motorists wanting to access beach areas along old Pacific Coast Highway — including the Rincon Parkway, Mondo’s Beach and Emma Wood State Beach — will need to exit on the Main Street ramp in Ventura. They can make a U-turn to get on the northbound 101, then get of at the State Beaches exit.
Southbound traffic will also be reduced to a single lane at night on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
The ongoing ramp and lane closures are part of a $48 million project to upgrade the roadway along the stretch.
Age determined in encampment death
VENTURA — A 38-year-old homeless man was identified by the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office Wednesday after he was found dead at a Ventura encampment last week.
The death was reported to authorities around 7 p.m. Friday near the ramp to eastbound Highway 126 from northbound Victoria Avenue. The incident closed the on-ramp for about two hours.
The medical examiner’s office has not yet determined the cause and manner of death. The Star is not naming the man until the agency makes those findings.
Items may be updated.
Jeremy Childs is a breaking news and general assignment reporter for the Ventura County Star. He can be reached at 805-437-0208, [email protected], and on Twitter @Jeremy_Childs.