TRANSPORTATION: Train strikes, kills man in Fontana; BNSF crash causes delays (UPDATE 2)
TRANSPORTATION: 2 struck, killed in separate train incidents, prompting delays (UPDATE 3)
Updates with details of Santa Fe Springs crash.
Inland Metrolink commuters were facing a tough time getting home on Friday, Oct. 9, after a Metrolink train struck and killed a person in Fontana and a BNSF train struck a person in the city of Santa Fe Springs.
In Fontana, police received a repot about 11:40 a.m. Friday that a man had been struck on the tracks, said police Sgt. Kurt Schlotterbeck. Several witnesses say the man intentionally stepped onto the tracks, Schlotterbeck said.
The 306 line held at the accident site, and passengers were being transported out of the area via buses. As of 12:50 p.m., the 325 line to Los Angeles was canceled for the rest of the day. The 308 line was also canceled at Fontana.
In Santa Fe Springs, a BNSF freight train struck a man on a bicycle about 2:30 p.m. at the at Rosecrans Avenue crossing, said Lena Kent, BNSF spokeswoman. The gate and lights were working as intended, Kent said.
The incident prompted the cancellation of the IEOC Line 808 to San Bernardino – lines 806 or 810 were available to commuters — and spurred significant delays on the 91 Line, Metrolink tweeted.
Orange County commuters were also delayed, Metrolink said.
As of 5:30 p.m., trains were moving in the area at a restricted speed, Kent said.�
Staff writers Ali Tadayon and Michael Watanabe contributed to this report.
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