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UPDATED: Train Strikes Pedestrian in Chatsworth

Firefighters say the injured is "beyond medical help."

The conductor coming out of the locomotive to speak with police after today's incident. Photo credit: Greg Doyle
The conductor coming out of the locomotive to speak with police after today's incident. Photo credit: Greg Doyle
Originally posted at 9:28 a.m. April 4, 2014. Edited with new details.

UPDATE at 11:23 a.m.: An Amtrak train heading from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo struck and killed a pedestrian today in the Chatsworth area, authorities said.

The fatal injury occurred shortly before 9 a.m. near the 10800 block of Santa Susana Pass Road, Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The man, said to be in his 60s, died at the scene, said coroner's Chief Craig Harvey. Authorities withheld his name, pending notification of his relatives.

Train number 761 was heading from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo when the fatality occurred, Vernae Graham of Amtrak said.

No injuries were reported on the train, which was carrying more than 200 passengers, Graham said.

Buses were being brought in to accommodate passengers, and there will be some cancellations today, with "significant delays" to be expected, Graham said.

--City News Service


Original post: 

An Amtrak train  struck a pedestrian in Chatsworth this morning and Los Angeles firefighters found the victim "beyond medical help."

The call came in at 8:47 a.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main. Firefighters arrived in the 10800 block of N. Santa Susana Pass Road to find the pedestrian fatally injured.

Main said there were no injuries to passengers on the train. 

The circumstances of the death were under investigation. 



Steven M. Sweat April 05, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Terrible tragedy. Without more facts about the incident itself, it is unclear what may be the cause of the incident. Oftentimes, pedestrians and motorists misjudge the distance between themselves and passing trains and miscalculate the speed of the oncoming train. In other instances some or all of the legal fault lies with the train operator for traveling at an unauthorized speed, failing to signal or sound their horn, or any of a number of other rule or regulation violations. Our condolences go out this the family of the deceased pedestrian!

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