EL MONTE (CNS) – A Metrolink train struck and killed a 19-year-old pedestrian who was wearing headphones and unaware he was in imminent danger Thursday morning in El Monte.
The victim died at the scene of the crash that occurred about 10 a.m. between the Baldwin Park and El Monte stations, according to the El Monte Police Department and Metrolink.
Police did not immediately disclose the El Monte resident’s name.
He was struck by the San Bernardino Line Train 319 bound for Los Angeles from San Bernardino, according to Metrolink, which reported that the tracks were closed between Baldwin Park and El Monte.
The track closure also caused San Bernardino Line Train 321 to Los Angeles to be held at Baldwin Park and San Bernardino Line Train 306 to downtown San Bernardino to be held at El Monte, according to Metrolink.
“An investigation determined that the victim had walked past the lowered and functioning railroad crossing arms and lights,” El Monte police Sgt. Richard Luna said. “The victim was wearing headphones and did not appear to hear or see the approaching train. The train did activate its safety horn.”