LOS ANGELES (CBSLA)   —   Authorities said a man lost his legs after he was struck by a Metrolink train in Chinatown Sunday afternoon.

The incident took place just after 2 p.m. at the intersection of Mission Road and Gallardo Street, according to LAPD spokesperson Officer Rosario Herrera.

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The man was taken to a nearby hospital in serious condition, according to fire department spokesperson  Margaret Stewart.

It was unclear if the man was trying to kill himself or whether he was just involved in a freak  accident,  said a desk officer with the LAPD.

“The man lost his legs when he was struck,” the desk officer said. “I know the man was seen walking around on the tracks before he was hit by the
train.”

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Metrolink spokesman Chris Gutierrez told City News the train that hit the man was leaving its maintenance yard and headed for Union Station.

“There was no one on the train when it hit the man,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez said Metrolink was cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation of the accident.

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