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Man dies after being hit by Metrolink train in Santa Clarita

A Metrolink train at Los Angeles Union Station.
A Metrolink train at Los Angeles Union Station.
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A man walking across railroad tracks in Santa Clarita was struck and killed by a Metrolink commuter train Friday morning, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Sheriff's Lt. Rob Hahnlein said the man was struck at about 7:40 a.m. at the Ruether Avenue crossing near the intersection with Soledad Canyon Road by the southbound Metrolink train. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

"As the train was approaching, the engineer noticed a man walking along Ruether [toward the tracks] and he didn't look up," Hahnlein said.

The pin indicates the location of the Metrolink collision with a man who was walking across the railroad tracks at Ruether Avenue on March 25, 2016.
The pin indicates the location of the Metrolink collision with a man who was walking across the railroad tracks at Ruether Avenue on March 25, 2016.
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The crossing has gates and warning lights, Hahnlein said, but he did not know if they were operating when the man stepped into the path of the train.

The incident is being investigated by homicide detectives from the sheriff's Santa Clarita Valley station and the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, Hahnlein said.

The man who was killed appeared to be middle aged, but his identity was not yet available, Hahnlein said.

The train, Metrolink 208, had 136 passengers aboard, none of whom was injured, said Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson. No bus service was available to transport the passengers, so those who were unable to find alternate transportation had to wait until investigators released the train from the scene at 10:40 a.m., Johnson said.

Train service returned to normal once the train continued on, and Johnson said the incident was not expected to affect trains during the peak commuting hours on Friday afternoon and evening.

"Anytime anyone is near or around railroad tracks, we want them to look around and be aware that a train might be coming," Johnson said.