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Man struck, killed by Metrolink train

Posted: September 24, 2008 12:51 p.m.
Updated: November 25, 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 approximately 9:18 a.m. and L.A. Fire was on scene in minutes, Capt. Tina Haro said. Rescuers pronounced the man dead on the scene, she said. 

The victim's identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

More than 50 train passengers were examined but no passenger injuires 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, said San Fernando Police Lt. Tony Ruelas.

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 about 9:20 a.m. 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 morning and all calls made by The Signal went to a voice mail box that was full. Metrolink's Web site made no mention of Wednesday's fatal accident.

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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