Northridge Metrolink Victim Identified as Missouri Man

Victim was struck by a westbound commuter train.

The man who was struck and killed by a Metrolink train in Northridge was publicly identified Sunday by the coroner's office as a 46-year-old Missouri resident.

Earnest Joel Burns, of Mountain View, MO, was struck around 5 p.m. Friday at the Wilbur Avenue railroad crossing near the Northridge Metrolink Station, the coroner said.

Burns' body was badly mangled, which delayed identification, according to the coroner's office.

Burns was hit by a westbound train near Reseda Boulevard and was pronounced dead at the scene, Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

No one aboard the train was injured, Humphrey said.

Train service was stopped during the initial investigation, he said.

The cause of the accident remained under investigation, said Officer Robert Carter of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.

Doc December 31, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Also judging from the correction made, this article was poorly written.
Anna December 31, 2012 at 07:00 AM
His name was Ernest Jewel Burns III and he went to Kennedy High, Granada Hills.
Bradley Peck December 31, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I couldn’t agree more the comment about his body was more than unacceptable and just shows the ignorance of the writer they had his name incorrect, let’s shows some respect for the departed. May you now have peace Uncle Ernie
Tythene Barnes December 31, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Ernie was a lifelong friend of my family. I wish they didn't include that 3rd paragraph.. So disturbing.
Kim Edwards March 07, 2013 at 06:48 AM
So sorry to his family. The media is a joke. It will be up to those who knew him and loved him to keep his spirit untarnished. I worked with Ernie at Paramount Properties many years ago. Remember his white convertible and white track suit. He always had us laughing. He is in my prayers......


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