Pedestrian killed by Gold Line train in Highland Park [updated @ 4:55 p.m.]

Gold Line trains were halted after collision on the tracks near Avenue 61 | Nathan Solis

Gold Line trains were halted after collision on the tracks near Avenue 61 | Nathan Solis

HIGHLAND PARK — One person was struck and killed by a Gold Line train this morning near Avenue 61 and Figueroa Street, according to the L.A. Fire Department.

LAFD said that the pedestrian was dead at the scene. No injuries were reported on board the train, which collided with the pedestrian shortly after 11 a.m. near the Highland Park Gold Line station.

Metro says shuttles buses will temporarily transport Gold Line passengers between the Mount Washington and South Pasadena stations.

The LAPD Northeast Division is advising residents to avoid the area as detective investigate the incident, which may have been a possible suicide, according to police.

UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m.: Metro said trains had resumed limited service between the Mount Washington and South Pasadena stations. But the trains will share one track and run every 20 minutes along the entire Gold Line until further notice.

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.:  One witness, Michael Ramirez, said the man jumped in front of the train as it passed La Estrella taco shop on Avenue 61.

Another bystander said he saw the victim pacing along the tracks before the collision. “He looked normal, but then I heard the sound. A big slap,” said Ivan Gomez-Moron.

The victim’s body, covered by a sheet, remained on the tracks as officials investigated the incident.


Nathan Solis contributed to this story


  1. Trains are running way behind and off beat on Gold Line. Kind of surprised how long it’s taking to clean this up and investigate.

  2. Sonia Castellanos

    Another witness had said that the victim was on his knees on the track, if that was the case wouldn’t the man operating the metro have been able to brake. i have seen them do so when approaching intersections . regardless, poor metro operator he will always carry the image of today’s incident

    • The place where it happened is actually where the tracks turn… there are buildings before that, which cover the view ahead. It’s a complicated area.

  3. When people have nothing to lose, they lose it. Connect the dots.

  4. God bless the gentleman who got on the tracks. Everyone out in this world, it’s hard day by day, some day’s better then other. Fine some one to talk to friend even a stranger or professional help. God gave us 24 hours because he knew we could not do more than 24 hours in our daily life. Why this happen we never no. God bless the driver of the mentro. How very sad for the drive. A nice day then this happen. God bless each and everyone of in this world. Vasquez, Emily

  5. Did anyone blame gentrification yet?……….. Oh look, Jim!, What a surprise. Blame Blame Blame

  6. If u find out the name of the person killed by the train please let me know cause my boyfriend and I eat at Taco Bell a lot and we might know him.my emails is linda.fausch2@aol.com

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