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Man struck and killed by Metro Blue Line train in South Los Angeles

December 27, 2009 | 12:19 pm

A Metro Blue Line train struck and killed a man at a South Los Angeles crossing today, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said.

The man was hit at about 10 a.m. by the southbound train at the intersection of Vernon Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard and thrown clear of the tracks, according to spokesman Brian Humphrey. "Despite our quick response, the man was sadly beyond our help and died at the scene," he said.

Metro spokeswoman Gayle Anderson said the man was described as a Latino in his 60s. She said the crossing-gate bar would have been down. Both the gate and a light should have stopped the man from crossing.

The speed of the train was unknown, but Anderson said the speed is governed automatically and designed to slow at crossings from the regular rate of 55 mph.

-- Margot Roosevelt