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Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Amtrak Train in North Hollywood

The death occurs near the same place another pedestrian was struck and killed in 2011.

A pedestrian was struck and killed at 8:24 p.m. Tuesday by an eastbound Amtrak train near a grade crossing at 12700 Raymer St. in North Hollywood, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. None of the 181 passengers and crew aboard the train were hurt, according to Humphrey.

The train was still stopped at the location as of 10 p.m. and part of it was stopped on the bridge over the Hollywood (170) Freeway. Rescue workers were overheard at the scene saying that the body was a male located on the north side of the tracks and just west of the bridge over the 170. The victim was identified by the Los Angeles Police Department as a 50-year-old North Hollywood resident.

The fatality occurred very near where another pedestrian was hit and killed by an eastbound Amtrak train on the other side of the bridge over the 170 on Oct. 11, 2011. The person killed was Raul Guzeman, a homeless transient who police believed was intoxicated and stumbled on the tracks. There are several known homeless encampments near the tracks, which is an industrial area not easily accessible. See more:

SFGiants July 06, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Yami, you're rediculous to use this news story as a platform for your ideas of improvements for the community. This guy was a dear friend to many including myself. He wasn't homeless. It's a tragic loss and you should have some respect and leave your comments off this page. Next time, before you decide to put your thoughts on some news story, you should find out for the true facts before you rant off in disrespect.
guest July 07, 2012 at 05:46 AM
This gentleman was a person I knew, he was a productive member of our society. He was not hispanic, homeless or a drunk. Only God knows all the circumstances to his death. A prayer in his name would be greatly appreciated by all those of us who knew him. May he rest in peace.
guest July 07, 2012 at 10:58 AM
To make this clear...the article refers to TWO incidents. One that occurred the other night (July 3, 2012) and another back in 2011. The first incident mentions an unnamed pedestrian - the victim was finally identified as Craig Appel of North Hollywood. This was a suicide. Craig suffered from depression, but was not homeless nor an alcoholic. The second fatality was mentioned to shed light on transients near the train tracks and their safety when intoxicated. This issue had absolutely nothing to do with Craig nor his reasons for taking his life.
DebDoRight July 07, 2012 at 11:23 AM
I was saddened to hear of Craigs passing. Noone really knows the pain one suffers inside.
Friend of Craigs July 08, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Yami, shut your pie hole untill you have all the facts. "To Bad he wasn't happy about the 4th of July coming up" you said then pryers go out to his family. I AM just a friend of his and i wouldn't want your prayers I can't imagine how they would go! It's especially people like you that make the world ugly. Your the scariest you say your opinions whihc your intitled to but then you add sarcasim and hloy than thou judgment. You just keep right on living in you own little world where I am sure leaving comments on news blogs is all you have!
Friend of Craigs July 08, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I apologize for my spelling errors on the above I am tired and was mad while writing.
Robert Young July 08, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Robert Young July 08, 2012 at 07:41 PM


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