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Police probe death of man struck by Metrolink train in Northridge

Authorities are probing the death of a man struck and killed Friday evening by a westbound Metrolink train in Northridge.

The man was walking on the train tracks just east of the commuter rail system's Northridge station, near Reseda Boulevard, on an area of the tracks where pedestrians are prohibited, according to spokesmen for Metrolink and the Los Angeles Fire Department. The collision did not occur at a train track crossing, said Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson.

"We don't know why he was on it, nor do we know who he is," said Officer Brandon Jeon of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division, which is investigating the death.

None of the 180 passengers on Train 117, which was traveling from Los Angeles to Ventura County, were injured, authorities said.

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