Metro train strikes, kills woman

LOS ANGELES Witnesses said it appeared the woman intentionally jumped onto the tracks in front of a Metro Purple Line train at about 9:40 a.m. in the Westlake station about three miles west of downtown, fire department spokesman Cecil Manresa said.

The woman, reportedly in her 40s, was in full cardiac arrest when she was found on the station's electrified third rail, Manresa said. The electricity was shut off so the woman could be rescued and given CPR. She was taken to a hospital where she later died, according to Manresa.

The victim had not been identified Saturday afternoon.

The accident caused 10-minute delays for other trains on the route but operations were back to normal by 2:30 p.m., according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The incident was under investigation.


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