A man believed to be in his 30s was struck and killed by a freight train Wednesday in Pico Rivera and detectives were investigating the death as a possible suicide.

Deputies received reports about 3:30 p.m. that a man was on a bridge over the San Gabriel River in the area of Beverly Boulevard and Abbeywood Drive, according to the county sheriff’s and fire department.

Subsequent reports indicated the man had been struck by a westbound Union Pacific freight train and knocked into the river, according to Lt. Noe Garcia of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station.

Paramedics responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene, a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher said.

The train was traveling just under 50 mph when the man was first spotted. The operator hit the brakes but the train could not be stopped in time, Garcia said.

Metrolink reported at least two of its trains traveling between Los Angeles and Riverside were canceled because of the fatality.

It was not immediately clear why investigators believe the man possibly intended to harm himself.

–City News Service

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