SANTA FE SPRINGS - A man was killed after he jumped off a bridge at the Slauson Avenue overpass at Rivera Road Monday.

The man jumped onto railroad tracks around 2:45 a.m. and died at the scene, said Whittier police Lt. Steve Dean.

He said a railroad worker checking the tracks found the body and called deputies who then notified Whittier police.

Dean identified the man as a 52-year-old Pico Rivera resident.

Six Metrolink trains were interrupted during the investigation, said Scott Johnson, Metrolink spokesperson.

"We were first notified of the situation at 3:15 a.m. by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway dispatch," Johnson said.

Four trains traveling from Orange County and two on the 91 Line from Riverside were all going to Los Angeles.

The body was discovered between the Norwalk Santa Fe Springs and Commerce stations.

The northbound traffic on the Orange County line and westbound traffic on the 91 Line could only make it as far as the Norwalk Santa Fe Springs station, Johnson said.

Passengers were given the option to take buses to the Norwalk Metro station and subsequently take the light rail station to their chosen destinations. The passengers also had the option to remain on the train and wait until 7:30 a.m. when the track would be cleared.

"Unfortunately individuals taking their lives along our tracks is far too common, but this specific area isn't usually a problematic area," Johnson said.

Metrolink is not expecting any delays during its afternoon commute.


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