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Published on June 10, 2024
Two Pedestrians Fatally Struck by Amtrak Train in Los Angeles' Van Nuys AreaSource: Google Street View

Tragedy struck in the Van Nuys neighborhood of Los Angeles Sunday night as two pedestrians, a man and a woman both believed to be approximately 35 years old, were fatally hit by an Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Train. The incident was reported just before 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Woodman Avenue between Saticoy Street and Woodman Place.

The Los Angeles Fire Department quickly arrived at the scene to find the two victims had already succumbed to their injuries. It was determined that no passengers or crew aboard the southbound train required medical attention. The response, which included firefighters and paramedics, worked to quickly assess and attempt to control what had swiftly unfolded into a scene of loss.

According to a news alert from the Los Angeles Fire Department, the southbound train, identified as Pacific Surfliner Train #794, was delayed at the scene for the duration of the investigation. Preliminary information released by Amtrak, LAPD Valley Traffic Division, and the Medical Examiner, identified no further injuries among the 119 passengers or the crew members onboard.

Further inquiries regarding the incident are to be directed towards the involved authorities including Amtrak, the LAPD Valley Traffic Division, and the Medical Examiner. As the community seeks to understand how to better ensure such incidents are not to be repeated, the focus remains firmly on addressing the immediate aftereffects of the collision and on the investigation that is underway.