Example of an Amtrak train. This was likely not the train that struck the girl. Amtrak California Surfliner train. MyNewsLA.com photo by John Schreiber.

Police Saturday were trying to figure out why a 14-year-old girl was sitting on train tracks listening to music — possibly with headphones — when she was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Santa Fe Springs.

Witnesses at the scene told police the girl was listening to music when she was struck, according to Lt. Steve Dean of the Whittier Police Department, which also patrols Santa Fe Springs. It wasn’t immediately clear if she was using headphones or something else that would impair her hearing.

The death that police are deeming an “unfortunate accident” was reported at 8:47 p.m. Friday in the 11300 block of Rivera Road, said Dean. There was no explanation for why the victim was sitting on the tracks, and police did not speculate about a possible suicide.

There was no information about the train’s route, nor if passengers were transported from the scene by bus or eventually allowed to continue on the trip. Police did not indicate whether the operators of the train spotted the girl before she was struck and were unable to stop before hitting her.

The girl was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly after 10 p.m., Dean said.

[symple_googlemap title=”Girl Killed by Train” location=”11300 block of Rivera Road, Santa Fe Springs, CA” height=”300″ zoom=”13″]

— Staff and Wire Reports

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