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Person struck, killed by Amtrak train near Union Station

March 9, 2011 |  8:12 am

A person was fatally struck by an Amtrak train Wednesday near Union Station, affecting Metrolink routes from Orange and Riverside counties.

The incident occurred around 6:20 a.m. when a train traveling from Los Angeles to San Diego struck a trespasser at Santa Fe Avenue and 8th Street near the 6th Street bridge, said Lt. Lydia Leos of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Authorities believe the victim was a transient but could not confirm if it was a man or a woman, Leos said.

The 30 passengers and crew members aboard the train were not hurt, said Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole.

The death was reported around 6:28 a.m., said officials with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Metrolink trains were delayed because of the investigation. Metrolink posted on Twitter that Orange County lines 601, 603, 605, 683 and Riverside County lines 701 and 703 were affected and that alternate travel arrangements would be necessary.


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