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Metrolink Train Kills Deaf Man Crossing Tracks

A Metrolink train struck and killed a 95-year-old hearing-impaired man in the City of Industry on Friday as he walked across the tracks with the aid of a cane.

Arnold Wilmont, who was wearing hearing aids in both ears, was apparently clipped by the 75 m.p.h. train and thrown about 50 feet, authorities said.

It was the eighth accidental death this year involving the six-county commuter rail system, and the 38th since Metrolink began operating in 1992, Metrolink spokesman Peter Hidalgo said.

The man lived in nearby Pico Rivera and apparently walked through an intersection with lowered gates, flashing red warning lights and a ringing bell, authorities said.

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