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Train Hits, Kills Woman in Chatsworth Tunnel*
*UPDATE: Per CBS-2's live television news broadcast at 6:15 tonight, the incident involved a family of 5 who were inside the tunnel. The one fatality is said to be a 25-year-old (not 45 as previously reported). The train was Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner, headed from San Francisco to San Diego. The passengers on board were not evacuated, and the train is expected to resume its' journey once power is restored. There is no information about why the family was in the tunnel.
At 4:10 p.m. today The Los Angeles Fire Department reported they'd received notice of a "person struck by train in the tunnel north of Chatsworth Park." Within the hour, the LAFD reported that "1 female, 45, was pronounced, succumbing to injuries." There are no passengers on board who reported injuries as a result of the impact. No information regarding what train service, line, or number was involved, nor how the woman came to be in the train's path.
If this is a Metrolink train, it will be the second death in less than 24 hours of a woman on their tracks This is the 2nd train-related death in less than 24-hours in the Valley; a 39-year-old woman was struck and died last night in Burbank. This area in Chatsworth is near the scene of September's deadly Metrolink-freight train collision and derailment.