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Authorities have identified a man who was killed early Tuesday when he was struck by a Red Line subway train at the Hollywood/Vine Station as Deundric Andrun Hale, of Los Angeles.
Hale was struck by a southbound train at approximately 5:30 a.m. after he reportedly jumped on to the tracks, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) spokesman Marc Littman said.
Assistant Chief Ed Winter, of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, confirmed that the incident has preliminarily been ruled a suicide, but an autopsy was pending as of Wednesday. Winter added that authorities were still trying to determine Hale’s age and exact place of residence. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is also investigating the death.
Metro spokeswoman Kim Upton said the Hollywood/Vine Station was closed after the incident until approximately 7 a.m. Red Line trains were routed around the station and continued to operate on a single track, Upton said. Delays were estimated at approximately 25 minutes.
Littman said 13 or 14 deaths have occurred on the tracks since the Red Line opened in 1993, and they have primarily been suicides or accidents.
“It’s extremely rare to have a death on the Red Line,” Littman added.
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