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.