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A pedestrian was hit by a train near the Midway District Thursday morning.

SAN DIEGO — A train struck and killed a man in Old Town Thursday, authorities reported.

The rail fatality in the 4000 block of Taylor Street at about 11:30 a.m., according to sheriff’s officials. The man tried run to cross the train tracks while the crossing bells and warning signal were activated and he was struck by a southbound Amtrak train. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man’s name and age were not immediately released.

Due to the fatality, Coaster passenger-train service was delayed until further notice, North County Transit District advised. The agency sent buses to its Sorrento Valley Station to help affected commuters reach their destinations.

Additionally, San Diego police closed Taylor Street from Congress Street to Pacific Highway to provide full access for investigators and emergency personnel.

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