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Sunday, March 9, 2014

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Pacoima: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Valley Traffic Division detectives are investigating a traffic collision that left a man dead after being struck by a train.

Today, around 2:00 a.m., Valley Traffic officers responded to Van Nuys Boulevard and San Fernando Road to investigate a collision involving a pedestrian and a Union Pacific freight train. When the officers arrived they discovered 41-year-old Jesse James Elkins laying at the railroad crossing.

Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded to the incident and pronounced Mr. Elkins dead at the scene.

The initial investigation revealed the train was traveling north bound when it struck the pedestrian near the rail crossing at Van Nuys Boulevard and San Fernando Road.

Anyone with information is asked to contact LAPD Valley Traffic Division Detective Kilgrow at (818) 644-8025 or Detective Bustos at (818) 644-8021.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.