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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.

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.

Donna webb October 06, 2011 at 05:56 AM
Patch my daughter is on that train when will it move??
Sarah L October 06, 2011 at 06:19 AM
It just started moving a bit ago.
Craig Clough (Editor) October 06, 2011 at 06:40 AM
The train was still stopped on the tracks as of 11 p.m. when our reporter left the scene, but the onramp freeway had just been reopened.
maria muse October 07, 2011 at 01:17 AM
Was it necessary to mention the body parts?
Larry On Lankershim October 07, 2011 at 05:57 AM
My first thought when I read that the freeway was closed was, why? Then as I continued the answer was given. By including the information the reporter did what a reporter is suppose to do. Thank you for reporting the facts no matter how descriptive the facts may be within the boundaries of reasonably good taste.
Craig Clough (Editor) October 07, 2011 at 02:54 PM
With stories of this nature, it is never easy to choose what information to include and what to exclude. In this case, the freeway ramp and several lanes were shut down for many hours, and this information explained why. Also, when clicking on a story with a headline like this about a terrible, violent accident, one must be prepared for some details that may not be pleasant.
maria muse October 07, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Listen I like facts. I'm all about it. I'm not afraid to read details and in fact I live for them. Certain news outlets give me trepidation, due to the fact that we are seeing more sensationalism and hyperbole. But I dig Patch.

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