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Metrolink advises Antelope Valley passengers to take buses after deadly accident

Metrolink passengers using the Antelope Valley line 223 were advised Tuesday night to take buses from Union Station after a transit agency train struck and killed a 19-year-old man.

The transit agency said passengers could catch the buses near the bus plaza on Vignes Street.

The man was hit by a commuter train shortly after 8 p.m. near the intersection of Pierce Street and San Fernando Road in Sylmar, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Cecil Manresa. Several buses had been sent to the scene to ferry passengers.

Between 1993 and September 2008, the most recent period analyzed by The Times, three accidents were reported at that intersection, none involving injuries or deaths. A block north, where train tracks cross Van Nuys Boulevard, eight accidents resulting in five deaths and one injury were reported during the same time period.


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It seems inappropriate to stop train service and send riders to the bus system. People are killed every year in Los angeles in bus accidents. The problem isn't trains and buses, it's the fact that in a metropolis of 10 million people there are plenty of dummies that manage to get killed regardless of all the safety measures that can possibly be put in place.

I'm saddened to hear of yet another Metrolink-related death in the North East San Fernando Valley. As the linked map shows, Pacoima has seen 11 deaths and dozens of injuries between 1993 and 2008, with at least 3 additional deaths in the last year and a half. I hope there are efforts to increase safety and awareness to stem the number of these unfortunate incidents.

He was a good kid. Living in a not so great neighborhood he managed to stay clear of gangs. Contributed to his household. He wanted to play guitar and be in a rock band. His younger siblings will miss him dearly as will his parents and friends. There is surveylance video, unreleased to the public, that shows exactly what happened. May he Rest In Peace.


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