Pedestrian killed by Metrolink train near Cal State L.A.

EL SERENO — A 40-year-old man was killed after being struck by a Metrolink train this afternoon near Cal State L.A.,  prompting the shutdown of the San Bernardino commuter rail line between Union Station and the university.

It’s the second deadly collision this year between a Metrolink train and pedestrian on this section of the track.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene near 5150 University Drive, the L.A. Fire Department said on Twitter. The collision was reported at about 4 pm. No further information was available about the victim.

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The Metrolink tracks run parallel the 10 Freeway, and there is a Metrolink stop at the university.

The commuter rail service said on Twitter that San Bernardino train No. 316 struck a person. Some San Bernardino line service has been canceled, and Metrolink passengers were being advised to take buses instead.

Today’s deadly collision took place about a mile east from where a man was killed by a Metrolink train on April 17. The man was walking in an area along the tracks that’s off limits to the public.

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  1. Why was he there? The train operates in it’s own ROW, grade separated running next to a sound wall. Unless he was trying to graffiti the sound wall or planned to jump over the sound wall and play frogger on the 10, I cant see why he would be in that place.

    • Hi. Are you familiar with this area? I was wondering if you would be able to help me find some closure on this unfortunate event. The family is trying to put the pieces together.

    • richard, with such a lack of any information in this story, it isn’t clear just where the man was when struck, not necessarily AT the train stop there, it merely said NEAR the stop. Perhaops he was not far away and at a crossing?

      I don’t know, but many cars have been hit by trains, as they have not put up gates to prevent cars from proceeding when a train in coming. This is a serous drawback of surface-level trains as opposed to subways or El lines. And I can tell you from personal experience, some of these crossings can be very treacherous, especially one I go through often at Washington Boulevard and I think its Flower (maybe its Figueroa), in downtown LA, where the train is actually making a turn and tracks are all over, it is difficult to look in 20 different directions to see train, pedestrian, traffic lights, turning cars, trains from behind coming up to turn in front of you, etc.

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