A Metrolink train. Courtesy OCTA

A commuter train struck and killed a pedestrian near Trestles Beach on Friday morning, authorities reported.

The rail fatality occurred shortly before 6:30 a.m. just east of the mouth of San Mateo Creek in the San Onofre area, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

The victim died at the scene.

It was not immediately clear why the unidentified pedestrian got onto the rails in the path of the Metrolink train.

–City News Service