Commuter train strikes, kills man in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A commuter train struck and killed a man in Los Angeles Wednesday and witnesses told police they saw him jump onto the tracks, police said.

The man, who was approximately 50 years old, died at the scene, said Fire Department spokesman Ron Myers.

San Fernando Police Lt. Tony Ruelas said three witnesses reported they saw the man throw himself in front of the Metrolink train after looking up and down the tracks.

The witnesses said a crossing gate was down, red lights were flashing and the train's horn was sounding, Ruelas said.

The man was struck about 9:20 a.m. as the train was traveling south on the Antelope Valley line through the northern San Fernando Valley.

The fatality comes less than two weeks after a Metrolink train slammed head-on into a freight train in suburban Chatsworth, killing 25 people and injuring more than 130 others.

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