Santa Clarita Metrolink Train Tracks Death In Newhall Under Investigation
A man reportedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a mid-day Metrolink commuter train carrying 95 passengers, according to a Sheriff's Department official.
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The person, who was not identified by officials, reportedly committed suicide around 2:30 p.m. near Railroad Avenue and Market Street, in Newhall.
Homicide detectives are on scene and investigating the incident.
"Sadly, an individual did step onto our tracks this afternoon, the incident did result in a fatality," said Scott Johnson, spokesman for MetroLink.
Homicide detectives will investigate any death that involves a vehicle or not suspected to be natural causes, according to a Sheriff's Station officials.
Detectives have not made any statement regarding the circumstances of the death; however, it was initially reported as a suicide by deputies on scene.
"The train that was invovled was northbound No. 209," Johnson said. "The ultimate destination was going to be Via Princessa."
"The incident occurred just south of our Newhall Station," Johnson said, noting the train was about 10 miles from its destination.
"The incident occurred at a nonpedestrian area," Johnson said. "There was no reason for that individual to be where the individual was."
No additional details are being released at this time.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies are handling the investigation.
"There were 95 passengers on the train," Johnson said. "At this point, because of its proximity, two buses are en route to taken those passengers to their final destination (Newhall to Via Princessa)."
Afternoon service might be affected, and riders are asked to check Twitter @MetroLink for updated information regarding when normal service might resume.
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