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Man Jumps off First Street Bridge, Struck by Train

An investigation was under way today into the apparent suicide of a man who jumped from a bridge linking downtown Los Angeles with Boyle Heights and was then struck by an Amtrak train.

The man was hit at 11:10 p.m. on Sept. 13 by the 595 Pacific Surfliner operating between San Diego and Los Angeles, said Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds.

The train hit him beneath the First Street bridge, said Lt. Marc Lucio of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau.

“It appears to be a suicide where the gentleman jumped off a bridge and landed on the train tracks and was struck by a train,” added Sgt. Joe Bailey of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

Amtrak trains are equipped with video cameras and the man’s death might have been recorded, Bailey said.

The train had 30 passengers aboard and was close to Union Station when it struck the man, according to Leeds, who said there were no injuries to passengers or crewmembers.