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Man dies after being pushed into oncoming train in unprovoked attack

“The male struck the side of a passing train, causing his injuries,” San Diego police said in a statement.

A man was killed when he was pushed "into an oncoming train, without provocation," San Diego police said as a homicide investigation was launched.

"The male struck the side of a passing train, causing his injuries," police said in a statement Saturday. The man suffered "trauma to his upper body," it said, adding that officers had pronounced him dead at the scene shortly after 6 a.m. local time (9 a.m. ET) Saturday.

Detectives have learned that both the man and the suspect had just exited the southbound trolley at the city's Old Town Trolley Station "and were walking on the platform when the suspect pushed the male into an oncoming train, without provocation," police said.

"The suspect fled the area on foot," they added.  

The suspect, who has been described as a light-skinned male, 5 feet, 7 inches tall to 5-feet-9, with a thin build, was wearing all black clothing when they fled, police said.  

The victim, whose identity was not released, was described "a white male in his 60’s."

CORRECTION (Jan. 2, 2022, 6:30 p.m. ET): A previous version of this article misstated the conversion of Pacific time to Eastern time. 6 a.m. PT is 9 a.m. ET, not 3 a.m.