Metrolink train
Photo by John Schreiber.

A man lost his legs after he was hit by a Metrolink commuter train in Chinatown, according to Los Angeles police.

The incident took place about 2:05 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Mission Road and Gallardo Street, according to LAPD spokeswoman Officer Rosario Herrera.

The man was in serious condition, said fire department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. Paramedics transported the man to a hospital for treatment.

A desk officer at LAPD‘s Central Traffic Division said they don’t yet know if the man was trying to commit suicide or whether it was just an accident.

“The man lost his legs when he was struck,” the desk officer said. “I know the man was seen walking around on the tracks before he was hit by the train.”

Metrolink spokesman Chris Gutierrez told City News Service the train that hit the man was leaving its maintenance yard and headed for Union Station.

“There was no one on the train when it hit the man,” Gutierrez said. “The accident has caused delays in several trains headed to Oceanside. We think the trains will be delayed between one and two hours.”

Gutierrez said Metrolink was cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation of the accident.

–City News Service

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