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Metrolink train service restored after man is hit by freight train in Oceanside [Updated]

June 23, 2010 |  9:04 am

Northbound train service from Oceanside has been restored after a man was struck and killed on the tracks, according to Metrolink spokeswoman Angie Starr.

The service was disrupted Wednesday morning and passengers were diverted to nearby stations while Orange County sheriff’s deputies investigated an early morning incident in which a train apparently struck and killed a man on the tracks.

Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train was passing through Oceanside at around 2:30 a.m. when the conductor spotted a person on the tracks.

The conductor braked but was unable to stop the train in time, Amormino said. It was unclear whether the middle-aged man was alive or dead at the time he was struck, Amormino said.

The conductor told investigators he saw four juveniles near the body, but they later fled on foot into a nearby neighborhood.

“We do believe that they saw what happened,” Amormino said. “They’re witnesses.”

Amormino said anyone with more information should contact sheriff’s homicide detectives at (714) 647-7044.

-- Kate Linthicum

[For the record, 10:13 a.m.: An earlier headline on this post was changed to clarify that the person was struck by a freight train.]

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