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Metrolink train hits, kills man

Witnesses say he threw himself in front of train

Posted: September 24, 2008 8:17 p.m.
Updated: November 26, 2008 5:00 a.m.

A Metrolink train struck and killed and 50-year-old male pedestrian in Sylmar Wednesday morning, a Los Angeles Fire Department official said.

The southbound Antelope Valley line train hit the man at about 9:18 a.m. and Los Angeles Fire Department was on the scene in minutes, Capt. Tina Haro said. Rescuers pronounced the man dead on the scene, she said.

More than 50 train passengers were examined but no passenger injuries were reported, Haro said. An investigation into the exact cause of the accident is ongoing, Haro said.

Three witnesses reported they saw the man throw himself in front of the Metrolink train after looking up and down the tracks, San Fernando Police Lt. Tony Ruelas said.

The witnesses said a crossing gate was down, red lights were flashing and the train’s horn was sounding, Ruelas said.

The man was struck as the train was traveling south on the Antelope Valley line through the northern San Fernando Valley.

Metrolink’s news media line went unanswered Wednesday and all calls made by The Signal went to a voice mail that was full. Metrolink’s Web site made no mention of Wednesday’s fatality. 

The fatality comes less than two weeks after a Metrolink train slammed head-on into a freight train in suburban Chatsworth, killing 25 people and injuring more than 130 others.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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