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Man hit, killed by freight train in Riverside in apparent suicide

June 19, 2012 |  6:01 pm

A man was hit and killed by a freight train Tuesday afternoon in downtown Riverside, authorities said.

The train was headed north between Third Street and Mission Inn Avenue. Based on initial statements from the conductor, the man walked onto the tracks and didn't respond to the conductor’s horn, said Brian Galbreath, a spokesman for the Riverside Police Department.

Investigators are considering the incident a suicide.The man's name has not been released.

The freight train was heading from New York City to Los Angeles, said Lena Kent, a spokesman for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

Until the accident is cleared, both commuter and freight trains will be delayed. Metrolink expects between 30- and 45-minute delays for the Inland Empire-Orange County Line between Riverside and San Bernardino. Shuttles between the two stations are being offered.

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-- Melissa Leu

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