Pedestrian killed by Metro Gold Line train in South Pasadena

Approximate location of Gold Line fatality.

A man was killed Saturday by a Metro Gold Line train in South Pasadena after he did not move from the path of the oncoming train, officials said.

About 4:10 p.m., a Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority train operator saw a pedestrian inside a crosswalk that overlaps the Gold Line tracks, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Sergio Flores told The Times. 

The train driver sounded his horn, but the pedestrian did not move away in time. 

The victim was standing at the intersection of Monterey Road and Pasadena Avenue, inside the mechanical arms that lower as a train approaches, Flores said. The mechanism seemed to be working properly, he said.


The victim was described by witnesses as a man in his late 30s or early 40s. No other information about him was immediately available.

Since the Gold Line opened in 2003, three people died on the tracks. Two were ruled suicides and one murder. 

Saturday’s death was the second in two days between a pedestrian and a train.On Friday night, a Union Pacific freight train killed a pedestrian on train tracks in South L.A. that run parallel to the Metro Blue Line.

Metro suspended service between the Highland Park and South Pasadena stations until the investigation by the South Pasadena Police Department is complete, Metro spokesman Jose Ubaldo said. Buses will transport passengers between the two stations until the tracks reopen.



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