Cyclist killed walking bike across San Gabriel River railroad bridge in City of Industry

A cyclist was killed by a train in the City of Industry Saturday afternoon.

According to the Pasadena Star-News, a Hispanic man in his mid-40s was walking his bike east on a railroad bridge over the San Gabriel River west of Temple Avenue around 4:55 pm when the conductor of a Union Pacific freight train saw him and sounded the train’s horn.

The man, who has not been publicly identified, tried to outrun the train, but was hit and killed.

It’s never a good idea to ride or walk along train tracks — especially not on railroad bridges, where there’s no escape route if a train comes along. Too often, the results are needlessly tragic, as it was in this case.

This is the 18th cycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the fourth in Los Angeles County.

My sympathy and prayers for the victim and his loved ones.

5 comments

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  2. Richard says:

    Person killed was Richard Luna He leaves behind all his children.RIP

  3. Erik G. says:

    I am sorry for Mr. Luna’s family, but we need to treat railroads the same way we would treat runways and some freeways: Stay out and stay off.

  4. Clay Doty says:

    An awful accident that was caused by ignorance: It wasn’t the train that killed this man, but the fact that he didn’t understand that there is sufficient room on all railroad bridges that cross the San Gabriel River for one to simply step back and lean against the bridge while the train passes, as terrifying as the experience may turn out to be. These bridges also have small shelters that one can step into by climbing over or under the cables, or climb down into by opening the bridge crawlspace. Creating the impression that one can’t survive a train passing while caught on a railroad bridge is highly irresponsible and your article should be edited.

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