A Union Pacific Railroad train traveling near Pacific Street in Indio, about 4 miles northeast of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, hit 23-year-old Jannik Andersen just after 3 a.m. April 11, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office. He was later declared dead. Officials at the coroner’s office told a local newspaper it was too early to tell whether drugs or alcohol played a role in Andersen’s death.
Police in Indio were working with Union Pacific Railroad police in investigating Andersen’s death.
Andersen had been a student at the University of Colorado after graduating from Torrey Pines High School in 2009. His friends told news media he traveled from Colorado to Coachella to attend popular two-weekend festival, which draws around 90,000 fans to the California desert. The Coachella Valley is about 80 miles east of Riverside.
Friends of Andersen said they were making plans to travel to San Diego for his funeral, planned for this weekend.