‘Suspicious Death’ Investigation Near Train Tracks in Pico Rivera Causes Amtrak Delays Between L.A., O.C.

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An investigation of a “suspicious death”near the tracks in Pico Rivera caused train travel delays between Los Angeles and Orange County on Sunday morning, according to Amtrak.

The body of a man was discovered about 9 a.m. along a set of railroad tracks in the Rio Hondo River basin between Slauson Avenue and Washington Boulevard, Deputy Michelle Sanchez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Information Bureau said.

Deputies responding to reports of an unconscious person discovered an unresponsive man in the river basin, she said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A cause of death was not immediately clear, Sanchez said. Coroner’s officials planned an autopsy.

The Twitter account for Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner first announced some police activity near the tracks just before 9 a.m. A follow-up tweet 30 minutes later said the rail tracks have been closed between L.A. and Fullerton “to allow local authorities to investigate a possible homicide near to tracks.”

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department could only confirm that the agency’s Pico Rivera station was handling an incident at the location.

At 11:05 a.m., Amtrak said officials had reopened one of three tracks.

“Delays will continue while we clear the backlog of trains through this temporary bottleneck,” the company said.

KTLA’s Steve Bien contributed to this report. 





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