Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect a more detailed police statement describing the attack as unprovoked.
SAN DIEGO – A man was pushed towards the tracks and killed by an oncoming train in an unprovoked attack at the Old Town tram station on Saturday morning, police said.
At around 6:15 a.m., streetcar security called police to let them know there was a man on the platform at Taylor Street station near the Pacific Highway, the San Diego Police Department said in a press release. .
Detectives learned that two men had just exited a southbound cart and were walking on the platform when one pushed the other into the passing freight train. “Although it is still early in the investigation,” authorities said, it appears the attack came “without provocation.”
Officers and paramedics arrived to confirm the man, in his 60s, had been killed. He has been identified but his name has not been made public.
The man who pushed the victim onto the train got into a cart and left the area, the SDPD said. He has been described as a “fair-skinned man”, about five feet and eight inches tall with a slim build, wearing all-black clothing.
There was surveillance video of the attack that police hoped to use to locate the suspect, Lt. Andra Brown told OnScene TV.
“We very much hope that we get a resolution of this matter,” Brown said. “Anyone who has any information, we ask them to call the San Diego Police Department or Crime stoppers. They can remain anonymous if they wish.
You can reach the SDPD Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 and Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.
Rail service was closed at the station on Saturday morning while police investigated, but it was back to normal by 12:30 p.m., according to North County Transit.
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