LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A 26-year-old man died Thursday night after his car was struck by a Metro train in Long Beach.

The driver was headed westbound on 19th Street, at about 8:40 p.m., when he crossed railroad tracks and was struck by a northbound blue line train, according to firefighter Matt Dobberpuhl.

Firefighters worked to free the driver, the sole occupant of the sedan, but he died before they could extricate him, Dobberpuhl said.

The man’s body will remain inside the car until police finish investigating the crash.

“Then we’ll send a truck out to extricate the individual,” Dobberpuhl said. “The body will then be turned over to the coroner.”

Three men and a woman inside the train were injured. The woman was treated at the scene and the men were taken to hospitals for treatment.

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