The city’s interim police chief, Gil Carillo, said that the train was traveling about 75 mph when it struck a man at around 8:05 in the morning.
As of press time, the identity of the man was not yet identified by the Coroner’s Office, but authorities are still on their way trying to identify the remains. Also, police are already reviewing the video from the train, hoping to determine whether the incident was purely an accident or a suicide, Carillo added.
In her statement, Metrolink spokesperson Sherita Coffelt said that the man was struck by the train bound to the Via Princesa station near Santa Clarita from the Union station in downtown Los Angeles.
Fortunately for the 21 passengers on the train, nobody got hurt from the incident. However, they were almost an hour delayed at the accident scene since they have waited for the bus to fetch them and take them to their destinations.
Most often, pedestrians are the most vulnerable on the road. Compared to large vehicles like trucks, SUVs, cars and particularly trains, pedestrians are not protected with any metal and alloys. If any of the said vehicles hit a pedestrian, fatal or debilitating injuries are almost certain. The range of injuries usually depends on the strength of the collision’s impact, commented by a Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyer.
Figures revealed that pedestrian accidents account for 11 percent of the total number of deaths on the road. In fact, in 2005, pedestrian accidents comprise the second largest number of fatalities in traffic accidents, official data revealed.