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Amtrak train hits, kills pedestrian

September 22, 2008|Victoria Kim

A San Diego-bound Amtrak train struck and killed a pedestrian in Laguna Niguel on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

The unidentified victim was on the tracks and not at a crossing when struck shortly after 3 p.m. by Pacific Surfliner 578, carrying 130 passengers, said Amtrak spokeswoman Tracy Connell. There were no other known injuries.

Orange County sheriff's officials were investigating the incident as a possible suicide after reports that the man was seen sitting on the track.

Trains in both directions were delayed. The northbound track reopened before 5 p.m., but the southbound side remained closed Sunday evening.

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