Man Found Dead on Expo Line Tracks

Rescue workers found the body at about 1:30 Sunday morning.

By Sharon Bernstein
|  Sunday, Nov 4, 2012  |  Updated 5:57 PM PDT
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Man Found Dead on Expo Line Tracks

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The body of a man in his 20s was found early Sunday on the tracks of the recently-opened Expo light rail line in Culver City and officials were trying to determine how he died.

Authorities have not yet released the man's name, but a spokesman with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the death is believed to have been accidental.

Los Angeles city firefighters were sent to Platform 2 at the Culver City Station, 8804 W. Washington Blvd., at 1:19 a.m. and declared the man dead.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:46 a.m., Bedogne said.

It was the first fatality on the Expo Line.

Officials said they were investigating whether the man fell from a platform onto the tracks.

Expo Line light-rail cars get their electricity from overhead lines, and no electrical malfunction was reported.

The Culver City Station is at the end of the line, and trains routinely creep into it to stop at a barrier just before the tracks end, 40 feet above the ground.

The Culver City Station is elevated above Washington Boulevard, but the man apparently did not fall further than the three feet from the platform to the tracks, said MTA spokesman Rick Jager.

Service on the Expo Line began June 20.

CORRECTION: A headline on an earlier version of this story incorrectly said the man had been electrocuted.

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