A 64-year-old man was discovered dead Sunday in the Metro Red Line subway in Hollywood, and rail service was delayed for nearly six hours on the busiest passenger line in Los Angeles.
The body of Harold Cousins — who according to coroner’s office had a history of being a transient — was found near the Red Line’s Sunset Boulevard/Vermont station, after apparently being struck by a Union Station- bound subway train, Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to the scene at 5:52 a.m., Humphrey said.
There were no injuries among the train operators or 40 passengers, who were safely removed.
Red Line trains in each direction were sharing the westbound track while investigators and the coroner worked on the eastbound track, said Metro spokesman Luis Inzunza. Buses were serving as a bridge to carry passengers around the investigation site to the next available Red Line stop.
Trains were delayed about 10 minutes on the line between North Hollywood and Los Angeles Union Station, he said.
The tracks were finally cleared about noon and the Red Line was back running its regular schedule from that point on, according to Inzunza.
There has been no determination yet on if the victim’s death was a suicide or accidental, according to the coroner’s office.
–City News Service