BURBANK, CA – The 33-year-old Glendale woman fatally struck Thursday night by a Metrolink train in Burbank was sitting on the railroad tracks even after the train’s engineer sounded his horn, authorities said Friday.
The incident happened around 7:55 p.m. after Lydia Savadjian was hit by a train traveling along the Antelope Valley Line 225 to Lancaster. A spokesman for Metrolink Chris Gutierrez said the collision occurred about a half-mile south of the Downtown Burbank station.
According to Gutierrez, the collision did not happen at a railroad crossing, and it is unidentified why the person was on the tracks.
He said that about 125 travelers were on the train. No injuries were reported.
Savadjian was pronounced dead at 8:20 p.m. Thursday on South Front Street east of Verdugo Avenue, said Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
An autopsy is pending, but the woman’s death is being investigated as an accident, Winter said.
Gutierrez said that service on the line was halted and Metrolink was working with passengers to find another transportation out of the area.
The Burbank Police Department is investigating the accident.
Police reminds people to always obey railroad crossing signs, warning signals, and control devices and only cross railroad tracks at designated public crossing points when it is safe.
Police added to never loiter or play on or near railroad tracks, which are private property because it could result in death. Also considered private property are railroad trestles and equipment, authorities added.