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Man fatally hit by Metro Red Line train; service delayed

Man fatally hit by Metro Red Line train; service delayed
A man appeared to have jumped in front of a Metro Red Line train at the Civic Center/Grand Park station in downtown Los Angeles Thursday. (Bing Maps)

A man appeared to have jumped in front of a Metro Red Line train bound for North Hollywood on Thursday afternoon, causing service delays, according to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The incident was reported around 1:41 p.m. at the Civic Center/Grand Park station in downtown Los Angeles, where a man appeared to have jumped in front of a train heading to North Hollywood, said MTA spokesman Luis Inzunza.

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The man was pronounced dead at the scene, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Bob Engel, of Redondo Beach, said he had exited a train at the station around 1:45 p.m. and was looking around for the exit to the station when he heard a loud banging noise.

"It was just a tremendous 'Bam!'" Engel said. "The train stopped immediately."

He said the sound came from the opposite track, where the train bound for North Hollywood had pulled in.

Firefighters and police soon swarmed the station, Engel said, and some of them crouched down to peer under the train.

The incident comes nearly a week after another man leaped in front of a Metro Red Line train at the Hollywood/Western station.

A witness to the incident said the man was dragged 20 yards but survived.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident, Inzunza said.

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