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Pedestrian is killed by Blue Line train in Watts area [Updated]

February 19, 2010 |  5:50 pm

The Watts Mapping L.A. Neighborhoods page. Click for more information about this neighborhood. A Metro Blue Line train struck and killed a woman Friday afternoon in the Watts area, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The department got a call just after 4 p.m. that a person was trapped beneath the train in the 1700 block of East Century Boulevard. Soon after firefighters arrived, they pronounced the woman dead, said spokesman Devin Gales. [Update: An earlier version of this post stated that the victim was a man.]

The train must be moved before the woman’s body can be removed, Gales said.

He said he did not know the circumstances of the accident or where the train was going.

[Updated at 7:05 p.m.: The unidentified, 51-year-old woman was apparently trying to cross the tracks. Her name has not been released.

“The woman was thrown several feet before the train finally came to a halt,” Gales said. Paramedics had a difficult time reaching the victim, but as soon as they did, he said, they realized she was dead.

--Anna Gorman

Map: The Watts Mapping L.A. Neighborhoods page. Click for more information about the neighborhood.

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