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2 Dead, Including A Child, After Being Struck By Metro Train In Monrovia

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Two people, one a small child, were killed today when they were struck by a Metro train while trying to cross the tracks in Monrovia.

The collision happened just after 8:45 a.m. this morning at the street-level crossing at California Avenue and Duarte Road, according to Ramon Montenegro, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau.

The fatal collision is now under investigation.

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The Metro L Line (formerly the Gold Line) train had just left the Monrovia Station and was traveling east toward Azusa with 10 people aboard, Montenegro said. The Metro system has remained in service during the pandemic to serve essential workers who need public transit to get to their jobs.

Monrovia city firefighters responded and declared the two victims dead at 9 a.m., Montenegro said, describing them only as “a small child” and “an adult or an older juvenile.”

No other injuries were reported.

The sheriff’s bureau is assisting in the investigation, Montenegro added, which is being led by the Monrovia Police Department with more help from Arcadia police and L.A. Metro.

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Metro spokesman Jose Ubaldo said it appears the safety devices at the crossing were working properly at the time of the collision, but that will be determined as part of the investigation.

Service between the Monrovia and Duarte stations is delayed and has been replaced with buses.