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Death Of Man Rescued From Underneath Metro Red Line Train Under Investigation

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NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Authorities are investigating the death of a 54-year-old man who had to be rescued from underneath a Metro Red Line train at the North Hollywood station.

The man, whose name and age have not been released, was pronounced dead just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Marc Lucio of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau.

The man was found under a train and firefighters cut power to the Red Line’s electrified third rail before using specialized equipment to get him out, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. One firefighter suffered a minor head cut during the rescue.

The man reportedly jumped in front of an oncoming train just before 2 p.m. Tuesday at the station, 5350 Lankershim Blvd. After he was rescued from underneath the train, he was in grave condition when he arrived at a hospital following the accident.

The incident is under investigation, Lucio said.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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