An Expo Line train hit and killed a man at the 17th Street Station early Tuesday Morning.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said a pedestrian on the platform of the 17th Street Station was hit by a train at about 8:20 a.m. Tuesday. The train came to a stop just before 14th Street and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the Santa Monica Fire Department.
The Santa Monica Police Department sent out an alert at about 8:40 a.m. this morning saying Colorado would be closed from Lincoln to 17th Street until further notice due to an accident investigation. The Expo Line is closed from Downtown Santa Monica to the 26th Street station and Metro has established a bus bridge to cover the closed line.
SMPD Lt. Saul Rodriguez said he expected the street closure to be significant in length as SMPD’s Major Accident Response Team is on scene assisting the Sheriff’s office who have jurisdiction over the tracks and platform.
Ramon Montenegro, Public Information Officer for LA Sheriff Transit Services Bureau said Sheriff’s investigators were on scene and would be processing the incident for most of the day. He said camera footage is available from both the station and individual trains.
“We will be requesting all of that and viewing that as part of the investigation,” he said. “Hopefully that will tell us what happened.”
Montenegro said pedestrian deaths are rare along Metro tracks and investigators were unsure at this time how the man came in contact with the train.