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UPDATE: Metrolink train halted for hours after striking person in Sylmar

Posted: January 30, 2014 11:44 a.m.
Updated: January 30, 2014 1:38 p.m.

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Some service on the Metrolink Antelope Valley line, which runs through Santa Clarita, was interrupted for more than two hours Thursday after a person was struck on the tracks near Sylmar in the morning, according to a spokesman.

Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson said the incident occurred at approximately 10:22 a.m. on Thursday when Antelope Valley train 212, traveling southbound to Los Angeles, struck a pedestrian on the tracks in a non-pedestrian area.

“Which means there was no reason for anybody to be there,” Johnson said.

Originally the plan was for Metrolink to use buses to allow the near-200 passengers on the train to reach their destinations but at 12:18 p.m. Johnson said passengers were able to board another train in Sylmar and continue along the normal train route.

As of 12:45 p.m., the train tracks were clear, he said.

Since the incident occurred during the midday lull for Metrolink service, Johnson said there were few impacts on trains on the Antelope Valley line, which runs through Santa Clarita.

Three routes, 207, 214 and 216, were delayed as a result of the incident, Johnson said.

Johnson said he did not anticipate any other interruptions in service as a result of the incident.
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LosRubios: Posted: January 30, 2014 1:58 p.m.

So what is the condition of the pedestrian?

michael: Posted: January 30, 2014 2:44 p.m.

Yes, the only reason to be on the tracks when a train is approaching is to be hit by said train.

Carlitos: Posted: February 1, 2014 7:56 a.m.

This is tragic, I bet the person did not have a valid ticket. --edited.

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