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Downey Man, 51, Killed After Riding Bike Into Path Of Metro Blue Line Train

LOS ANGELES (    — Authorities say a 51-year-old Downey man was killed when he accidentally rode his bike into the path of a Metro Blue Line train.

The CHP said the accident occurred at about 9:50 p.m. Saturday at Gage Avenue, east of Converse Avenue.

Investigating CHP Officer J. Green said the train -- driven by 28-year-old Ismael Torres of Los Angeles -- crossed Gage Avenue southbound as the victim rode his bicycle "directly into (the train's) path of travel."

The train was moving at 50 miles per hour, he said, and was not able to stop in time to avoid hitting the unidentified cyclist.

The man "was ejected from his bicycle and sustained fatal injuries," Green said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:01 p.m. by Los Angeles County firefighters.

The Downey man's name was not released pending notification of his next of kin.

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