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Watts Teenager Killed By Commuter Train

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A 14-year-old boy was killed by a Metro Blue Line Commuter Train. He was crossing the tracks at the intersection of East 92nd Street and Graham Avenue. An eyewitness said the victim was standing in the middle of the tracks when he was struck.

The teenager was hit Thursday afternoon in Watts as he walked home from school. Witnesses said he was in the middle of the train tracks when warning lights started blinking and the guard gates lowered. A spokesperson for the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the train, said an investigation is underway.

The Metro Blue Line, L.A.’s first light-rail transit system, runs from 7th Street in downtown L.A. through Vernon, Huntington Park, South Gate, Watts, Compton and Carson to downtown Long Beach. It carries about 63,000 passengers daily and has a 55 mph maximum allowable speed.

Another man was struck and killed in the month of January by the commuter train in Long Beach. The latest accident is under investigation by the MTA and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.