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UPDATE: Pedestrian killed on train tracks in Santa Clarita

17 passengers said to be aboard train

Posted: September 5, 2012 3:24 p.m.
Updated: September 5, 2012 5:57 p.m.

An orange sheet covers the body of a young woman who was struck by a Metrolink train near Ruether Ave in the Centre Pointe area of Santa Clarita on Wednesday.

A woman believed to be in her early 20s apparently stepped in front of a Metrolink train in the Centre Pointe area of Santa Clarita today and was immediately killed, investigators said.

The five-car commuter train was heading north on the Antelope Valley line shortly after 3 p.m. when it hit the woman on a section of track at the bottom of Carl Boyer Drive, said Sgt. Brian Allen of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“It appears to be a suicide,” he said. “She walked out onto the tracks and stepped in front of the train.”

Seventeen passengers were on board the train when the collision happened.

“We had a deputy go through the train and talk to the passengers,” Allen said. “It turns out nobody saw anything.”

The woman’s identity was not released. She was described as in her early 20s.

Deputies collected items, including what they believe is the victim’s wallet, found scattered along several yards of railroad track, Allen said.

The train was halted on the tracks between Golden Oak and Golden Valley roads.

The victim was hit by the train’s engine, its lead car, but her body was found under the wheels of the last car, Allen said.

Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters draped an orange tarp over the mangled body, across the wheels and under the doorstep of the last car in the train.

Deputies notified investigators with both the Homicide Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, Allen said.

The train was heading toward the Antelope Valley when it hit the woman, a Metrolink spokesman confirmed.

At 4:10 p.m., about an hour after the fatal collision, the 17 train passengers were transferred to a bus that was brought to the crash site by Metrolink officials.

The passengers walked across a rugged 20-foot stretch of land next to the tracks and across two ditches to get to the bus.

Firefighters used shovels to dig make-shift steps for the passengers to use.

“This is a single-lane track to Palmdale,” Allen said. “So all trains, passenger and freight, have been stopped.
“We’re trying to get this open as soon as possible.”

The 17 passengers, including five elderly people, were taken by bus to the nearest station from which they could resume their trip. No injuries were reported.

Sheriff’s deputies blocked traffic in both directions on Golden Valley Road following the collision. Traffic was still flowing freely on Soledad Canyon Road and on Carl Boyer Drive.

“Once they take their photos and do their investigation then we can release the scene,” Allen said.





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