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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

East L.A. pedestrian struck and killed by Metrolink train

BY LUCY GUANUNA

EAST LOS ANGELES — A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Metrolink train Monday night, prompting a rail agency official to warn residents against taking short cuts or walking across the tracks.

The pedestrian, an African American man in his 30s, was walking in an area that’s off limits to the public at about 9 p.m. when he was struck, said Metrolink spokesperson Scott Johnson. An eastbound train on the San Bernardino line hit the man about a mile west of the Cal State L.A. station. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, reports CBS 2.

Two additional trains on the San Bernardino line were delayed and passengers were shuttled to their final destination or to other trains, said Johnson.  Regular service had resumed in time for this morning’s commute.

“The community’s aware that railroad and tracks is no place to walk or take shortcuts,” said Johnson. “They are for trains and trains only.”

Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

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