AC/DC Fan Struck and Killed by Train Near Coachella
A college student attending Coachella to see AC/DC in concert was struck by a train in an early morning accident near the California festival site. Coachella officials confirmed Jannik Andersen's death today (April 13).
Andersen, 23, was hit at 3:05 a.m. Saturday (April 11) about four miles northeast of where AC/DC played in Indio, Calif., according to the Riverside County Coroner's Office. A student at University of Colorado at Boulder, he was declared dead at 3:42 a.m.
Friends said Andersen had been to earlier editions of Coachella, and was particularly excited to see AC/DC, as well as slacker-rock singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco. Zac Hoffman described his friend as the "happiest dude in the world," according to the (Boulder, Colo.) Daily Camera.
A university spokesman reports that Andersen was a non-degree-seeking continuing education student. The coroners office, who confirmed he was from San Diego, said it was too early to determine if alcohol or drugs played a role. Coachella is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of fans to the California desert over the course of two weekends. The Union Pacific Railroad's investigation into the tragedy continues.
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