A Metrolink train struck and killed a pedestrian Thursday morning in Riverside between the downtown and La Sierra stations, report news sources.
The accident, which was reported at 5:41 a.m., occurred along the 91 line when train 701 struck the man near Ivy Street and Monterey Road, roughly two miles west of the Metrolink station in downtown Riverside.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department believes the man was a transient. It is unclear why he was on the tracks at the time of the accident.
Maximum speed for trains along that part of the track is 60 mph.
According to the Metrolink website, the accident led to delays along the Inland Empire and 91 lines. Trains 700, 701, 703, 805 and 807 were affected.
Riverside County coroner’s officials allowed trains to resume running at 7:15 a.m. without speed restrictions.
Because Metrolink is based in Los Angeles, police matters concerning the transit agency fall under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; however, authorities say the investigation into the incident will be handled by the Riverside Police Department.
As a Riverside personal injury attorney, I am familiar with the shock and sorrow experienced by those impacted by a traumatic death. I hope authorities are able to identify the man and notify his loved ones. Given my experience , I hope that those affected by this accident are able to get the support they need during this difficult time.