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Metrolink train en route to Antelope Valley kills pedestrian

A pedestrian was hit in this area and killed by a Metrolink train.
A Metrolink train en route to the Antelope Valley struck and killed a pedestrian Tuesday evening in the Sun Valley area, officials said.

The victim was struck  by train 215 in the 7700 block of San Fernando Road, officials said. The accident also affected train 220, which was stopped while police investigated the incident, Metrolink said on its Twitter account.

The incident was reported shortly after 5 p.m, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. No other details were immediately available.


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Map shows area where train hit pedestrian. Credit: Google Maps

Metrolink executive quits after report cites accounting problems

A high-ranking  Metrolink executive resigned over the weekend following a scathing report that revealed accounting irregularities and raised questions about the regional railroad’s financial management.

Metrolink officials said Monday that Nancy Weiford, the commuter line’s chief financial officer and treasurer, stepped down after a special committee assigned to look into the railroad’s business practices revealed its findings at Friday’s board meeting. They declined to comment further on Weiford’s departure, saying that personnel matters are confidential.

Reached by The Times, Weiford declined to comment.

In a statement Monday, railroad officials said “Metrolink takes very seriously the recent findings of Metrolink’s Ad Hoc Finance Committee regarding the agency’s financial management. As one of the nation’s largest commuter rail systems, Metrolink has been, and continues to be, committed to sound financial practices.”  

The internal report found that Metrolink has inadequate cash on hand to meet its current and near-term expenses, certain funds were improperly co-mingled and record-keeping is so poor it is difficult to track the railroad’s cash flows.

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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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Metrolink train hits, kills man near Northridge station

A Metrolink train struck and killed a man just east of the Northridge station, officials say.

The incident occurred about 5:03 p.m. and involved Train 117 on the Ventura County Line, said spokeswoman Delana Gbenekama.

She had no immediate details about the condition of the person or what led to the incident. But the Los Angeles Fire Department is reporting that a man died after being struck by the westbound train where the tracks cross Wilbur Avenue. The train was held at the scene pending an investigation, according to the Fire Department.

Gbenekama said the person was in an area where pedestrians are not allowed.

Train traffic was quickly affected. Train 118 was scheduled to terminate at Chatsworth, and passengers were to be transferred onto buses, which would make all stops leading to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Heading the other way, trains 119, 121 and 123 are to terminate at Van Nuys. Once again, passengers will transfer to buses and reconnect with a train at Chatsworth.


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Approximate location of incident shown in red.

A 20-year-old man was killed by a Metrolink train after he lay prone on the track near the Northridge station around 4:35 p.m Thursday, authorities said.

Police are investigating the incident as a possible suicide, said Officer Andrew Santos of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division. 

The incident occurred on a section of track between Corbin Avenue and Tampa Avenue that had no pedestrian crossing. Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson said the train's 19 passengers were unharmed. They were stuck on the train for about an hour and a half, at which point a bus arrived to ferry them ahead to the Chatsworth station, Johnson said. 

Trains in both directions were shut down. Buses carried passengers between the Northridge and Chatsworth stations, Johnson said.

The tracks will be clear by the morning and no delays are expected, Johnson said.


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Map: Approximate location of incident shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

Man's body by tracks leads to O.C. Metrolink delays

Norwalk-Santa Fe Springs station where passengers are stopped shown in red.

Metrolink commuters heading to downtown Los Angeles from Orange County should expect major delays Monday morning after a man's body was discovered next to railroad tracks in Santa Fe Springs, authorities said.

Officials with the Whittier Police Department, which patrols Santa Fe Springs, said the man in his early 50s may have jumped from an overpass and landed near the tracks.

Though the death is suspected to be a suicide, officials must complete their investigation and have closed the tracks, causing delays on Metrolink's Orange County and 91 lines, said spokesman Scott Johnson.

Northbound and westbound trains are stopping at the Norwalk-Santa Fe Springs station, where passengers are being bussed to a transit center to access the MTA's light rail system. From there, they take the Green line to the Blue line to the Red line to get to Union Station, or they transfer to other parts of the system.

Heading south from Union Station, Metrolink passengers are taking buses. Johnson said he expected the track to be opened again about 8 a.m.


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Map: Norwalk-Santa Fe Springs station where trains are stopped shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

Freight train strikes big rig trailer in Montebello

A Union Pacific freight train clipped the trailer of a big rig truck in Montebello on Tuesday morning, sending it careening into an auto body shop and causing delays for commuters using the Riverside train line.

The train struck the back of the trailer, which was carrying frozen food as it was crossing tracks traveling south on Vail Avenue at Mines Avenue at 6:06 a.m., Montebello police said. The trailer was crumpled and partially overturned as it was thrown into the Fleet Body Works auto body shop on Mines Avenue. 

Police say there were no injuries but major damage was done to the auto body shop.

Metrolink officials say the crash temporarily shut down access to the platform at Montebello Commerce station. Travelers were being diverted to other stops and then bused to the station.

"As soon as they clear up the crash site, we'll hopefully be able to gain access to the track again," said Scott Johnson, a MetroLink spokesman.

All trains on the Riverside line were expected to experience 40-minute delays. Union Pacific and police were investigating the cause of the accident.

"There was some shattered glass that came from the truck, but fortunately there were no injuries to the crew," said Aaron Hunt, a Union Pacific spokesman. "Obviously they were a little shaken up, though."

The train, which was carrying cargo from the Port of Long Beach to Chicago, was not significantly damaged and continued along its route by 6:30 a.m.

"It did not derail so we were able to move it along pretty quickly," Hunt said.


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Photo: A heavily damaged trailer sits next to the tracks after it was struck by a freight train in Montebello on Tuesday morning. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

L.A. council wants review of contractor linked to Chatsworth crash

Rescue workers extract victims from the Chatsworth Metrolink crash in 2008. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times
After hearing from victims of the deadly Metrolink crash in Chatsworth, the Los Angeles City Council vowed Wednesday to look into a $160-million city contract awarded to a transportation company linked to the rail disaster that killed 25 people.

Council members said they would direct the city's Department of Transportation to review the contract given earlier this month to Veolia Transportation Inc. to operate part of the city’s popular DASH shuttle bus system.

The company is a subsidiary of Veolia Environment, an international conglomerate that owned Connex, a railroad management firm that supplied engineers to the Metrolink commuter service. Connex was a division of Veolia Transportation.

Federal investigators blamed the September 2008 crash on a Connex engineer who was texting on his cellphone and failed to heed a stop signal while departing from the Chatsworth station. The commuter train subsequently hit a freight train head on. Questions were also raised about the adequacy of the company’s supervision and enforcement of safety rules.

Veolia Transportation asserts that safety is a top priority, and attorneys for the parent company contend there is no evidence that Connex failed to adequately oversee Metrolink train crews.

Two of the 135 people injured in the crash and two relatives of others who were hurt asked the council to reconsider the contract or closely monitor Veolia’s operation of the DASH system.

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Metrolink reopens San Bernardino line closed after fatal hit

Approximate location of incident shown in red.

Metrolink has reopened its San Bernardino line, which was closed after a train hit and killed a pedestrian early Monday in the Upland area.

The accident took place at 8th Street and Baker Avenue about 5 a.m. and forced the suspension of service from San Bernardino for more than three hours.

According to a 2011 Metrolink report, the San Bernardino line is the agency’s busiest, carrying 12,000 passengers a day.


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Image: Approximate location of the fatal crash is shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

San Bernardino service halted after Metrolink train hits person

Approximate location of incident shown in red.

Metrolink train service from San Bernardino will be shut down until about 7:30 a.m. after a train hit a person on the tracks near Upland, agency officials said Monday.

Passengers on train 301 are being transported to their destinations via bus, officials said, but Metrolink also announced it was having trouble finding enough buses to service all passengers.

It urged commuters to find other modes of transportation until the problem could be resolved.

No further details were available early Monday.


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Image: Approximate location of incident shown in red. Credit: Google Maps


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