Edmonton police looking into body on LRT tracks near Rexall Place

Edmonton police are investigating the death of a man whose body was lying on the tracks when struck by an LRT train near the Coliseum Station shortly before 5 a.m. Monday.

Suspicious death halted service between Coliseum and Belvedere stations for 5 hours

Police at the scene where a body at the LRT tacks between Clareview and Belvedere Monday morning. (Lydia Neufeld/CBC News)

Edmonton police are looking into how a man ended up lying on the LRT train near the Coliseum Station shortly before 5 a.m. Monday before being hit by a train.

The empty southbound train ran over the man's body at the Grant Moellmann Bridge just north of Rexall Place.

The train stopped as soon as possible, police said, but the man was declared dead at the scene.

Police don't know if the man was already dead or died as a result of the impact.

Homicide detectives are at the scene and are treating the death as suspicious.

There were no passengers on board the train at the time.

LRT service was affected across the city, but service between Belvedere and Coliseum stations in northeast Edmonton was suspended completely until 9:45 a.m. forcing passengers to be bussed between Belvedere and Coliseum stations for five hours.

Edmonton Transit was able to restore regular service at stations from Coliseum Station and Century Park shorlty after the morning commute.