By Paul Pringle, October 20, 2013
A 22-year-old bicyclist was struck and killed Saturday night by a Metrolink train in Palmdale after he pedaled around the crossing gates, officials said.
The unidentified man was
hit at 7:10 p.m. by a northbound train at the Palmdale Boulevard
crossing, said Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson. He said the man “did
not obey the crossing gates, the bells and the lights” at the crossing
near Sierra Highway.
The No. 269 train, carrying 257 passengers, was three-quarters of a
mile south of the Palmdale station on its way to Lancaster, Johnson
said. After the incident, the train remained at the location for about
two hours as Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies investigated, he
Sheriff’s officials said Sunday they had no further details.