NORTH HOLLYWOOD — A teen-age boy was struck and killed by a Metrolink train traveling faster than 75 m.p.h. Wednesday as he walked on the tracks reading a men's magazine and listening to music on a headset, authorities said.
The victim was walking east on the tracks, just north of the railroad crossing at the intersection of Whitsett Avenue and Raymer Street about a mile north of Burbank Airport, said Peter Hidalgo, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transit Authority.
The accident occurred on the line from Moorpark to downtown Los Angeles, one of four lines served by Metrolink commuter trains, Hidalgo said. The youth, who had not been identified, ignored repeated blasts on the train's horn by the engineer as the train came up behind him about 3:35 p.m., Hidalgo said. The mid-day commuter train was carrying about 20 passengers from Moorpark to Union Station, Hidalgo said.
The 100-ton train struck the victim at about 77 m.p.h., and it took about a quarter of a mile to stop after the accident, Hidalgo said.