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Police Release Details About Fatal Expo Line Pedestrian Collision

Man dies after being struct by Expo Line Sunday morning

By Sam Catanzaro

Santa Monica police say a man killed by an Expo Line train Sunday morning “walked in front of the train” before being a struct, the third fatality involving an Expo train in Santa Monica.

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, at approximately 6 a.m., a collision involving a pedestrian – described by police as male, 50s, white and possibly homeless – and a Metro light rail train occurred at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Colorado Avenue.

According to the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Major Accident Response Team, the pedestrian was extricated from underneath the train and transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

“Unfortunately, the pedestrian succumbed to his injuries at the hospital,” said SMPD Lieutenant Candice Cobarrubias. “Based on evidence obtained at the scene, it appears the pedestrian walked out in front of the train as it neared where the pedestrian was standing. It is unknown at this time if drugs/alcohol were factors for the pedestrian.”

According to Cobarrubias, there were approximately 10 passengers on the train at the time of the collision. No other injuries were reported. The name of the deceased has not been released until next of kin has been notified.

This marks the third fatality involving Expo Line trains in Santa Monica. In November 2017 a pedestrian was hit by the side of a train near Colorado Avenue and 14th Street and in January 2019 a pedestrian was dragged by the 17th Street Station by a departing train.

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