BURBANK, CA – We know more about the 33-year-old Glendale pedestrian who died after being fatally struck Thursday night by a Metrolink train in Burbank. She 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. A train traveling along the Antelope Valley Line 225 to Lancaster hit Lydia Savadijian. 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. Authorities don’t know why the person was on the tracks.
He said that about 125 travelers were on the train. No passengers had any injuries to report. Thankfully, the woman was not in a car at the time of the accident. That may have caused a much worse accident to take place. As it is, the crash is a tragedy, but a lesser one than it could have been.
Pedestrian Died Due to Accident
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 authorities are investigating the woman’s death as an accident, Winter said.
Gutierrez said that service on the line stopped. 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.