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UPDATED: Man killed by Metrolink train a suicide, says coroner

Posted: April 1, 2009 1:17 a.m.
Updated: April 1, 2009 1:30 p.m.

A Metrolink train struck and killed a man lying on the railroad tracks in Canyon Country between the Via Princessa and Acton stations early Tuesday evening. The coroner called it a suicide on Wednesday.

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UPDATED WEDNESDAY 1:45 p.m.:
The Los Angles County Coroner's Office called the incident where a man laid on the tracks in front of an oncoming Metrolink train a suicide Wednesday.

Metrolink train 215, traveling between Los Angeles and Lancaster, struck the man shortly after 6 p.m. on Tuesday near Oak Spring Canyon Road. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Coroner's office still can't identify the victim, Lt. Fred Corral said.

"He is a male caucuasian in his 40s, but he came in real messed up and we don't have much to identify him with," Corral said.

The Coroner's office will use fingerprints to aid in identifying the victim, he said.

TUESDAY 10:00 p.m.:
The evening rail commute through Canyon Country was stalled Tuesday when a northbound Metrolink train hit and killed a man on the tracks.

Shortly after 6 p.m. the train, carrying roughly 240 passengers, rounded a curve and slammed into a man lying on the tracks just south of Oak Spring Canyon Road, said Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Allen of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

Allen said that the incident may have been a suicide.

Oak Spring Canyon is roughly a half-mile north of Sand Canyon Road.

By 8:30 p.m. investigators from the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau and the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office were on scene.

No further information was available Tuesday night about the man.

At 9 p.m. the train was still stopped north of Oak Spring Canyon Road while deputies interviewed passengers and Metrolink mechanics ensured the train was safe to move.

At about 8:45 p.m. Allen said he expected investigators would remain on scene for several hours, effectively tying up the tracks.

Metrolink officials did not expect the train to be released to continue its journey until about 10 p.m., according to the rail line's Web site.

The incident tied up Metrolink service on the Antelope Valley line between the Via Princessa and Vincent Grade/Acton stations, according to the Metrolink Web site. Buses were provided to passengers at those stations.


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