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UPDATE: Man fatally struck on train tracks in Newhall

Reports from scene indicated he stepped in front of oncoming Metrolink train

Posted: February 18, 2014 3:35 p.m.
Updated: February 18, 2014 6:05 p.m.

Sheriff's deputies stand by the scene where a man was hit by a Metrolink train on Tuesday. Signal photo by Charlie Kaijo

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A man believed to be in his 30s was struck and killed in Newhall Tuesday by a northbound Metrolink train.

The name of the victim was not released. Unconfirmed reports from the scene indicated he walked in front of the oncoming train.

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene around 2:45 p.m. at the Newhall Metrolink station at Market Street and Railroad Avenue.

An orange tarp was placed over the man’s body. The body was lying between the northbound and southbound sets of railroad tracks near the car at the end of commuter train No. 209 bound for Via Princessa.

Sheriff’s deputies cordoned off the east side of Market Street at Railroad Avenue with police tape to protect the scene.

“Right now this is a crime scene so I need to keep this area clear,” said a deputy who was first to respond to the incident. Passengers were held in the train cars until 4:15 p.m. when buses arrived to take them the rest of the way to Via Princessa.

“It appears this individual was in a non-pedestrian area when the incident happened,” Metrolink spokesman Jeff Lustgarten said of the victim.

The case would be investigated by detectives from the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau, said Lt. Tom Bryski of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The 95 passengers on the northbound, six-car train were transferred to two northbound buses, Lustgarten said. Buses were also dispatched to the Metrolink station at Via Princessa to accommodate passengers on southbound train No. 218.

Shortly after 3:50 p.m., paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived at the scene for reports of a diabetes patient who was on the train and needed medical attention, said one firefighter.

By 4:10 p.m. passengers on the train were banging on the train cars’ glass trying to get the attention of emergency personnel so they could get off the train.

One of the passengers said as he exited the train that the victim was a man and appeared to be in his 30s.

“It’s terrible, terrible,” the passenger said as he was being directed to a waiting bus. “We could see him from the train.”
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