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Man is hit by Blue Line train and gravely injured

February 12, 2012 |  6:40 pm

A man was gravely injured Sunday after he walked through a red light and was struck by a Metro Blue Line train in Watts, police said.

The pedestrian was looking south for a northbound train and failed to see the oncoming southbound train when the accident occurred at 2:15 p.m. at 103rd Street and Grandee Avenue. He disregarded the red light, traffic arm barriers and other pedestrians and vehicles that had stopped, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Jerome Calhoun.

"He was not paying attention," Calhoun said. "People just think they can beat the trains for some reason."

Paramedics took the man to St. Francis Medical Center, where he was in grave condition. His name had not been released Sunday night.

The train's driver was taken to the hospital in fair condition. Two male passengers who complained of non-specific injuries were treated at the scene and released.

The intersection, near several strip malls and the Jordan Downs housing project, is often busy with foot and car traffic, and at least a few accidents a year occur there involving pedestrians and Metro trains, Calhoun said.

"People are in a rush," he said.

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