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Man killed by Metro train identified


A man who was killed by a Metro Blue Line train in South Los Angeles was identified today, a coroner's official said.

Ramon Villanueva, 65, of Los Angeles, was struck and killed by a Metro Blue Line train about 10:05 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and Vernon Avenue, said Lt. Larry Dietz of the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Villanueva was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

There were no injuries to any passengers on the southbound train, Humphrey said, adding that firefighters attempted to comfort the distraught female operator of the train.

It was unclear why Villanueva was on the tracks. Metro Spokesperson Gayle Anderson said the crossing-gate bar would have been down, and the gate, lights and a bell should have stopped him from crossing, The Los Angeles Times Web site reported.

The speed of the train was unknown, but Anderson told The Times the speed is governed automatically and designed to slow at street crossings from the regular rate of 55 mph.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was investigating Villanueva's death.