Train vs. Pedestrian



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January 27, 2020

Captain Eric Himler, PIO
Santa Monica Fire Department


SANTA MONICA, CA – On Sunday January 26, 2020, at 6:09 a.m., the Santa Monica Fire Department responded to a reported train vs. pedestrian. Upon arrival fire resources found one person trapped under the wheels of the front section of a three-car train. The incident was in the 700 Block of Colorado. The patient was evaluated, and it was determined he was breathing and had a pulse but had sustained serious life-threatening injuries. A unified command was established that included, SMFD, SMPD, LA County Sheriff’s and a Metro Supervisor.

Santa Monica Fire Department paramedics began immediate Advanced Life Support. Santa Monica Fire Department Truck 1 and Urban Search and Rescue 2 immediately set up equipment to lift the train to free the patient. The patient was extricated from the train at 06:38 a.m. and transportation began at 6:42 a.m.

Working around and lifting a train is a complex and dangerous operation. Members accomplished the task safely and quickly delivering the patient to the trauma center in less than an hour after dispatch. Unfortunately, the patient succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Metro Officials and the Santa Monica Police Department remained on scene to conduct the investigation.

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