Metrolink train fatally strikes bicyclist who rode around gate

<i>This post has been updated and corrected, as indicated below.</i>

A Metrolink train bound for Orange County from downtown L.A. fatally struck a bicyclist Thursday during the morning commute in Santa Fe Springs, officials said.

The incident occurred around 7:10 a.m. near Lakeland Road and Bloomfield Avenue when the cyclist went around an arm gate and was struck by Metrolink train 682, according to Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson.

No information on the identity or age of the cyclist was immediately available.


[Updated, 10:38 a.m. PST Jan. 9: Metrolink officials said the railroad was cleared as of 9 a.m. Delays associated with the incident were expected to fade in time for afternoon commuters.]

About 160 passengers were aboard the commuter train when the incident happened, John said.

No other injuries were reported.

Metrolink officials arranged for buses to take the passengers to their final destinations. Other trains traveling between Norwalk and Santa Fe Springs have been temporarily stopped as police investigate the scene.

The incident has forced the cancellation of at least one Amtrak train, according to Johnson.

[For the Record, 10:38 a.m. PST Jan. 9: A previous version of this post incorrectly said the train was bound for downtown Los Angeles.]

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