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Man struck, killed by light-rail train

A man died Tuesday after he laid down on the tracks in front of a light-rail train in Rancho Cordova, a transit official said.

Witnesses earlier said the man rode his bike to Mather Field Station, put it down and then jumped in front of an oncoming Gold Line train around 8:30 a.m., according to Regional Transit spokeswoman Alane Masui.

But video surveillance footage pulled from the train that hit the man showed him lying down in the tracks before impact, Masui said.

A spokeswoman for Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said that firefighters responded Tuesday morning to the tracks along Folsom Boulevard, just east of Mather Field Road. An eastbound train hit the pedestrian, who was not immediately identified.

Regional Transit had set up a shuttle bus to transport passengers between Mather Field/Mills and Sunrise Stations while a death investigation continued. Trains were back on schedule by Tuesday afternoon, Masui said.

Last week, Mariah Burgess, 15, was killed at Coloma Road and Folsom Boulevard. Masui said witnesses reported that Burgess walked into the path of an eastbound train Thursday afternoon.

Masui said witness accounts and surveillance video indicated that warning lights and bells were activated and the train operator sounded the horn. She said witnesses reported that the girl appeared to be using earbud headphones and may have been distracted.

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