Word is just coming in that a bike rider was killed in Sante Fe Springs today.
No other details are available at this time.
The implication is that he or she was hit by a train, but that has not been confirmed yet.
Henry Fung writes that the train tracks run diagonal to the streets at that intersection, and the warning gates are placed prior to the intersection, rather than next to the tracks. So it could be possible for a rider to be inside the gates when they come down, and not see the warning before a train comes.
This is the 56th bicycling fatality this year, and the 22nd in Los Angeles County.
Update: The Whittier Daily News reports the victim, identified only as a man, was riding north along Rosecrans around 2:45 pm when he slipped between the crossing arms, and was struck by a freight train.
Let this serve as a reminder to never, ever go around, under or through railroad crossing arms. They’re down for a reason.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his or her loved ones.