SYLMAR (CNS) — Authorities have identified the two victims in fatal accidents involving Metrolink trains, including one crash that killed a 24-year-old woman who fell from a platform in Sylmar.
Felicia Smith, 24, of Long Beach was struck by Palmdale-bound Metrolink Train 285 at the Sylmar station in the 12200 block of Frank Modugno Drive about 6 p.m. on Monday, April 16.
Smith had been facing the tracks and at some point turned, slipped, and fell backward from the platform, according to Lt. Paul McLaughlin of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Station.
A witness said the woman’s boyfriend jumped onto the tracks and tried to pull her to safety, but she may have been unconscious as the man was only able to move her a short distance before he had to jump out of the way, McLaughlin said.
Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man’s leg was struck but he was not seriously injured. He and the woman’s mother and twin sister came to the Mission Station to try to find out the woman’s condition and if she had been taken to a hospital and were then notified that she had not survived, according to McLaughlin, describing a scene of grief when the notification was made.
The fatality halted train traffic through the station and officials arranged bus bridge service to get passengers to their destinations, Gutierrez said.
In Orange County, one person was killed and another person was injured when they were struck by a Metrolink passenger train in Dana Point, in an area that Metrolink officials said was closed to pedestrians.
The fatal victim has been identified as Ernest Gibson, 71, of Lake Elsinore.