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December 20, 1989 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT and ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An Amtrak passenger train carrying about 150 passengers crashed at 70 m.p.h. into a big-rig truck in dense fog near here Tuesday morning, killing at least three people and injuring dozens more. The locomotive flipped end over end and burst into flames. All five cars on the train derailed. "It was like a roller coaster that came off its tracks," said Bob Beede, one of the passengers. "It looked like somebody was shooting flames out of a flamethrower," he said. "I felt it was my time to die."
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December 13, 2001 | DAVID PIERSON and HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An Amtrak train traveling 80 mph slammed into a minivan carrying farm workers Wednesday afternoon, scattering bodies and debris along a half-mile of track. All seven people in the van were killed. "The van just exploded into pieces," said California Highway Patrol Officer Greg Williams. "It looked like a crushed can." None of the victims were identified by authorities. Local residents said several of the victims were from the same family and were on their way to Shafter.
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September 6, 1987 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
In a growing protest over the maiming of an anti-war protester, the wife of Nicaragua's president, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and a crowd of thousands converged Saturday on the dusty spot where Brian Willson's legs were severed when he knelt in front of a military munitions train.
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July 9, 2001 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With more people than ever riding trains in California, rail experts are searching for ways to improve safety and reduce the number of rail fatalities, which now lead the nation. Southern Californians are warming slowly to a new era of mass transportation, slightly loosening their grip on the automobile. Commuter trains serving six counties chug out of downtown Los Angeles each day, with operators saying they can fill rail cars as fast as they can be bought.
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August 9, 1990 | HAROLD MAASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anti-war activist S. Brian Willson and his lawyers say the federal government has tentatively agreed to pay $920,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after a Navy weapons train hit Willson and severed his legs during a 1987 protest. William McGivern, the U.S. attorney in San Francisco, said a settlement proposal has been sent to Justice Department officials for approval, but that a court order prohibited him from saying anything further.
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January 4, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal judge here has dismissed a claim for damages filed by three train crewmen whose munitions train locomotive ran over an anti-war protester. The three railroad workers alleged that they suffered psychological damage and loss of wages after their train struck Brian Willson on Sept. 1, 1987, during an anti-war protest outside the Concord Naval Weapons Station. Willson's legs were severed below the knee and he has filed a suit of his own against the crew. It is scheduled for trial in April.
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August 20, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Southern Pacific freight train derailed north of this Siskiyou County community early Saturday, blocking southbound tracks for more than 10 hours and delaying Amtrak's Coast Starlight passenger train. There were no injuries. Four "piggy back" flatcars carrying truck trailers spilled their cargo but no toxic material was involved in the wreck, said a Southern Pacific spokesman. The freight went off the tracks as it slowed to turn onto a siding, spokesman Bob Hoppe said.
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March 5, 1989
A slide in the rain-soaked Feather River Canyon rumbled down on a 93-car Union Pacific freight train, derailing nine cars and knocking one into the Feather River, an official said. No one was injured in the incident and the nine derailed cars were empty, a railroad spokesman said. The slide occurred near Camp Rogers between Oroville and Keddie, he said. "The rain mixed with the snow and caused a slide," Union Pacific spokesman John Bromley in Los Angeles said.
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April 2, 2001 | ERIKA HAYASAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Concerned about child safety, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority today is launching a countywide campaign aimed at teaching schoolchildren that playing near tracks is dangerous. "Our function here is to try to put an end to all train accidents," said Abdul Zohbi, manager of system safety for the MTA. "If we manage to save the life of one child, then our goal is met. One incident is one incident too many."
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February 15, 1999 | Associated Press
A cross-country skier was struck and killed by a train Sunday in the Sierra Nevada about 25 miles west of Truckee. Frank Olrich, 55, of Auburn was skiing with his wife when he apparently slipped on Union Pacific Railroad tracks or was hooked by the train about 1:45 p.m., said Placer County sheriff's Lt. Larry Webber. He fell and died instantly. Olrich's wife managed to climb a snowy embankment and escaped the train.
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March 13, 1998 | Associated Press
An Amtrak train struck a shopping cart holding a 5-year-old boy, throwing him 70 feet and critically injuring him Thursday, authorities said. The boy's father was pushing the cart across the tracks when its wheels snagged, Police Sgt. Gary Snow said. Tong Xiong tried to pull his son out of the cart when he saw the train approaching, but the boy was strapped in, he said. An Amtrak engineer sounded the horns but could not stop the southbound train in time, Snow said.
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May 25, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Residents were allowed back home Saturday, one day after 19 train tankers derailed and toppled down an embankment. Authorities evacuated 35 homes Friday as a precaution because some of the cars, although empty, held potentially explosive liquid petroleum gas residue. It was not known when the busy railroad line, which accommodates about 20 trains daily, would reopen. The accident occurred late Friday about 25 miles northeast of San Francisco.
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May 25, 1997 | From Reuters
Emergency crews Saturday worked to stabilize freight cars that had derailed and tumbled down a canyon slope near Martinez, forcing the evacuation of residents in the area. "Right now we're stabilizing them [the cars] in place to make sure they're not leaking, and then we'll pull them out one at a time," Contra Costa County sheriff's Lt. Scott Daly said. The accident occurred late Friday about 25 miles northeast of San Francisco.
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February 24, 1996 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Yet another freight train derailed Friday--this time due to a broken track near Barstow. The incident caused no injuries but disrupted Amtrak and freight service into Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1995
The Inglewood City Council will honor hometown hero Darryl Taylor, an Inglewood resident who was a crew member aboard the Amtrak Sunset Limited train that was derailed in the Arizona desert last month. Taylor, 29, an Amtrak chef, was sent flying through the air and knocked unconscious for a time by the impact of the crash. Although suffering from a concussion, Taylor managed to join other crew members in rescuing trapped passengers.
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August 6, 1993 | Associated Press
A freight train derailment blocked a Santa Fe Railway transcontinental line and forced Amtrak to bus hundreds of passengers across the Mojave Desert on Thursday, authorities said. The freight's two crewmen were not injured in the 8:30 p.m. Wednesday derailment of 19 flatcars, said railroad spokesman Mike Martin in Illinois. Some parcels containing hazardous materials were in trailers aboard the derailed cars but no spills were reported, he said.
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