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Horse, rider are struck and killed by Metrolink train [Updated]

February 11, 2011 |  3:55 pm

A horse and its rider were killed Friday after being struck by a Metrolink commuter train north of Burbank, authorities said.

The rider, an unidentified, 36-year-old man, and his horse were hit about 3 p.m. in the 9300 block of North San Fernando Road, said Capt. Jamie Moore of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Both died at the scene, Moore said.

The circumstances surrounding the accident were not immediately clear, Moore said. No one on the train was injured.

[Updated at 4:48 p.m.: The circumstances of the collision, including whether it might have been a suicide, remain under investigation, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott.

"We couldn’t even begin to speculate," he said, adding that the case has been handed over to Los Angeles police.

Metrolink No. 216 had four cars and an engine and was southbound on the Antelope Valley line at the time of the 3:01 p.m. accident, which occurred about a mile north of the Sun Valley station, said Metrolink spokeswoman Sherita Coffelt.

The train has been moved to the station for investigators to examine. Passengers were put on buses to the Burbank station, where they boarded another train bound for Union Station.]

-- Andrew Blankstein and Larry Gordon