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Train hits coyote, injures woman in San Fernando Valley

August 6, 2012 |  9:41 am

Approximate location of incident shown in black.

A Metrolink train heading to downtown from the Antelope Valley stopped in the San Fernando Valley on Monday after the conductor mistakenly believed that he had hit a woman in a bathrobe.

Paramedics, police officers and sheriff's deputies responded to train tracks at in the 9500 block of San Fernando Road, where they found a woman in a bathrobe, said Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. The woman had injuries to her right hand, right arm and right leg not because she had been hit, but because she had been standing too close to the tracks and was blown off-balance, officials said.

"As the train went by, the dust and wind from the train knocked her to the ground," said Officer William Majors, who works in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division.

The woman, described by one official as a transient, was transported to Pacifica Hospital of the Valley.

The train did hit a coyote, however, which was killed in the collision, Majors said. "The impact from the coyote made [the conductor] think he had hit the woman."

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Image: Approximate location of incident shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.