KITCHENER -- Regional Police are investigating an early morning crash involving an LRT train and a pedestrian in Waterloo.

It happened around 5:00 a.m. on Saturday in the area of Columbia Street West near Phillip Street as the train was heading southbound.

Police say a 40-year-old local area resident was pronounced dead at the scene.

"I knew it wasn't a good situation with a lot of emergency vehicles," said Roger Pinsonneault, who lives nearby the scene. "I could see the train tracks were closed and both lanes were full of emergency vehicles."

The Traffic Services Unit has been called in to investigate.

Waterloo Regional Police say this is the first road fatality of the year in Waterloo Region.

Eastbound and Westbound traffic on Columbia was shut down for an hour and a half.

Service on the ION was disrupted until later in the afternoon.

There is no word on a cause at this time or why the pedestrian was on the tracks.

Police are continuing to investigate and say they will be looking at video and speaking to witnesses. They have not confirmed if the victim's family members have been notified.

It is currently unknown if anyone else other than the driver was on the train.