Friday, June 25, 1999

Blue Line Kills Man at Watts Station

Blue Line Train Kills Pedestrian at Watts Station

Los Angeles Times
June 25, 1999

A pedestrian was killed by a southbound Blue Line train Thursday afternoon as it pulled into the 103rd Street Station in Watts.

The man was hit near 103rd Street and South Grandee Avenue about 2 p.m. and died at the scene, said Jim Wells, a spokesman for the city Fire Department.

The man, who was in his 30s, was not identified by authorities.

“According to witnesses, the gentleman appeared to be somewhat disoriented,” said Robert Calix of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

“He was told by others around the station that the train was approaching. Apparently, he didn’t hear it… . He stepped in front of the train and lost his life.”

Forty-two people have died in car and pedestrian collisions with Blue Line trains since the service began in 1990, including eight this year.