(Los Angeles, California – November 2, 2019)
One man was killed and another seriously injured as they walked along Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority rails which had not seen train service in months. The incident occurred last Saturday about 10:30 PM, PDT, in a neighborhood south of downtown Los Angeles.
Neither victim was identified by LA County Sheriff’s authorities. The A Line, where the collision occurred and which was formerly known as the Blue Line, had not seen trains thereupon since being shut down in January for a $350 million renovation of the 22-mile long line between LA and Long Beach, CA. The rail line had been reopened only a few hours before the tragic accident, and the two pedestrians may have been unaware of the resumption of rail service.
The victim who was killed was pronounced deceased at the scene. The second man, who saw the oncoming train just seconds before he was struck, attempted to take evasive action by jumping away from the tracks. He was taken to an LA hospital for treatment of his injuries.