Man Dies After Being Struck by Train

First published in the Feb. 19 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Police are investigating the death of a man who was killed Thursday when he was struck by a train.
Burbank police and paramedics responded to the train tracks behind the Burbank Animal Shelter, at 1150 North Victory Place, at about 6 a.m. Thursday regarding a pedestrian reportedly struck by a moving train. When the officers arrived, they found an adult man lying on the ground, adjacent to the tracks, with “significant injuries,” according to the Burbank Police Department. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.
After speaking with witnesses and reviewing surveillance video, the BPD determined the man intentionally positioned himself across the train tracks as the train was approaching. The train, which was travelling southbound, was unable to stop and struck him, according to the department.
Investigators spoke with the conductor of the Metrolink train, who had remained at the scene after the collision. Neither drugs nor alcohol were believed to be contributing factors regarding the conductor, the BPD said, adding neither the conductor nor the passengers sustained any injuries.
The BPD was working this week with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office to identify the man and notify the next of kin, the department added.
Anyone with information about this incident was asked to contact the Burbank Police Department Investigations Division at (818) 238-3210.