Jul 28, 2014
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Pedestrian Killed by Amtrak Train in North Hollywood

The collision occurs at the tracks just east of the Whitsett Avenue bridge at about 7:16 p.m. Wednesday.

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A person was hit and killed by an eastbound Amtrak train Wednesday night in North Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The collision occurred at the tracks at about 7:16 p.m. just east of the Whitsett Avenue bridge, which travels over the 170 Freeway. The person, whose gender and age were not known, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the LAFD.

Several lanes of the northbound 170 Freeway were shut down until about 11 p.m., including the northbound entrance ramp to the 170 from nearby Sherman Way. Some of the victim's body parts had fallen onto the freeway, according to NBC.

The train involved in the accident was still stopped on the tracks with passengers aboard as of 11 p.m. The train had 50 passengers and no persons suffered injuries, according to the LAPD Valley Traffic Division.

The death occurred in a heavy industrial zone not easily accessible. L.A. County Sheriff's Department deputies and members of the Valley Traffic Division were on the scene, along with the LAFD. Raymer Street west of the 170 was also closed to traffic and used as a staging area for law enforcement and rescue personnel.

The Amtrak Train Number 798 was en route from San Luis Obispo to downtown Los Angeles at the time of the collision, according to the Valley Traffic Division.

The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, and appears from the initial investigation that alcohol may have played a part in the death of the pedestrian, according to the Valley Traffic Division.

Patch will update this story as more information is available.

Anthony Pardines contributed to this report.

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