Man struck by train in Pacoima

PACOIMA >> A man wearing headphones and standing on railroad tracks was injured Wednesday when he fell on

rocks adjacent to the tracks as a train approached him, authorities

said.

Paramedics sent to the 11300 block of North San Fernando Road shortly

after 8 a.m. took the man, who is about 60, to a hospital, with his condition

initially described as critical by the Los Angeles Fire Department. The San

Fernando Police Department later reported that his injuries were not life-

threatening.

LAFD spokeswoman Amy Bastman said the man apparently was listening to

music or other programming via headphones, with his back to the advancing

train, and did not hear the warnings.

He fell on rocks adjacent to the tracks as a freight train approached him, authorities

said.

“It appears that at the last moment he got out of the way,” Bastman said, adding that he was not struck by the train as authorities originally thought.

He was being transported to a local hospital. It was unclear what type of train it was and who owned it.

There were no reported injuries to the train operator or passengers, officials said.

The San Fernando Police Department later reported that his injuries were not life-

threatening.

Some Metrolink service was affected by track closures while an

investigation was conducted.

This article has been updated from a previous version to correct the location of the incident to Pacoima.

City News Service contributed to this story.

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