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Man struck and killed by Amtrak train in Chatsworth tunnel

A man described as being about 60 years old was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Friday in Chatsworth, fire officials said.

The man was struck around 8:45 a.m. near the 10800 block of North Santa Susana Pass Road, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main. No other injuries were reported.

She said the tracks were initially shut down as four fire companies and an ambulance were deployed to the scene.

Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said the Pacific Surfliner train with about 250 passengers aboard was northbound with a maximum expected speed of about 60 mph in the area when it stuck what she called an "individual trespasser."

As of about 10:30 a.m. the train remained stopped, Graham said, adding she believed it was still in the tunnel. It will eventually continue on its route after authorities have cleared the scene, she said.

Amtrak will provide alternate forms of transportation to customers affected by the incident, Graham said, but added, "we do expect significant delays throughout the day."


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