Metrolink Train Strikes, Kills Pedestrian, Stranding 45 Passengers for Hours

By Samantha Tata and Jack Noyes
|  Friday, Jul 12, 2013  |  Updated 6:12 PM PDT
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45 Passengers Stuck on Train After Deadly Crash

Investigators at the scene of a deadly Metrolink crash in North Hollywood on July 12, 2013.

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Dozens of passengers were stuck for hours on a Metrolink train Friday in North Hollywood after the train struck and killed a pedestrian, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The crash happened shortly after 3 p.m. along the tracks in the 6500 block of Vineland Avenue, LAFD said in an email alert.

Some 45 uninjured passengers were kept on the train while the Los Angeles police and sheriff’s departments and rail authorities complete their investigation, according to Metrolink, which provided water to the passengers.

Earlier in the day, LAFD said 75 passengers were stuck on the train.

Shortly after 5 p.m., about two hours after the deadly collision, investigators let the train move on toward its final destination at Union Station, according to a Metrolink spokeswoman.

The victim was described only as an adult.

While the body remained on the track about 5:30 p.m., the investigation is not causing any major delays, officials said.

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