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