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March 16, 2001 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family of Leon Praport, an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor who died last month in the Angels Flight crash, will file a lawsuit against the city and private firms involved in restoring and operating the historic funicular, an attorney announced Thursday. Lawyer Gary A. Dordick said the suit, also being filed on behalf of Praport's wife, Lola, who survived the Feb. 1 crash, will seek a judgment compelling the city to restore Angels Flight to full service with new, safe equipment.
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July 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A 25-year-old man was critically injured Thursday after being struck by a Blue Line train in South Los Angeles, authorities said. The incident occurred in the 4400 block of South Long Beach Avenue about 5:10 p.m., said Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells. He was taken to California Hospital in "very, very critical condition" with massive head and chest injuries, Wells said.
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March 29, 2001 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They huff, they puff, they trudge, they rest. They blow out big cheekfuls of air and lean back, gazing at the summit. You can almost hear them thinking, how much more? Since a deadly Feb. 1 crash halted operation of downtown's Angels Flight railway, a stream of people can be seen on any given weekday, attacking the 153 steps between Hill Street and California Plaza, the only remaining route up that stretch of the steep hill the funicular used to climb.
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March 29, 2001 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They huff, they puff, they trudge, they rest. They blow out big cheekfuls of air and lean back, gazing at the summit. You can almost hear them thinking, how much more? Since a deadly Feb. 1 crash halted operation of downtown's Angels Flight railway, a stream of people can be seen on any given weekday, attacking the 153 steps between Hill Street and California Plaza, the only remaining route up that stretch of the steep hill the funicular used to climb.
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March 20, 1996 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS
In the second dramatic incident in less than a week in which victims survived freak, life-threatening injuries, a man attempting suicide was still alive Tuesday after lying in front of a Metrolink commuter train and being run over. Manuel Camberos, 25, was in serious condition at Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills with a skull fracture, head lacerations and a severed toe after the incident early Tuesday morning.
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March 15, 2001 | ERIKA HAYASAKI and OFELIA CASILLAS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Van Nuys man in a wheelchair was killed and a woman was injured Wednesday when they were hit by a freight train in Northridge, police said. Stephen Aroff, 43, and Patti Wainer, 39, were at the train crossing in the 8300 block of Balboa Boulevard about 12:45 p.m. when Aroff started to cross, police and witnesses said. The wheels of his motorized wheelchair got caught in the tracks, said Officer Walter Hogue of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.
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June 7, 1993 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man who had wandered away from a Sylmar mental health facility where he was being treated for suicidal tendencies was struck and killed after jumping in front of a freight train, authorities said Sunday. Roger Sakamoto, 31, died instantly after he was struck by an eastbound Southern Pacific train about 10 p.m. Saturday near San Fernando Road and Bledsoe Street, according to police and the coroner's office.
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August 17, 1994 | HENRY CHU and VIVIEN LOU CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It was as if the gruesome deaths of three people hadn't happened a day earlier. Pedestrians on Tuesday were still taking the shortcut across a Metrolink track in Glendale, opting for convenience over safety, at the very spot where three members of a family were struck and killed. "I was a little bit shaken," Rene Nettles, 27, said Tuesday as she made her way to work across the tracks where a 7-year-old girl, her mother and her grandfather were killed Monday.
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March 20, 1993 | ALICIA DI RADO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 47-year-old woman, leaving a note blaming family problems, apparently committed suicide Friday by kneeling in the path of a Metrolink train on the same nine-mile stretch of track between Sylmar and Sun Valley where there have been five other fatalities in the past four months. Kay Jokel, whose last known address was in Woodland Hills, was struck by the train shortly before 5 p.m. near the 13600 block of San Fernando Road in Sylmar, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
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March 19, 1993
One person was injured in Chatsworth on Thursday night when a two-car collision sent one vehicle into the path of an oncoming Amtrak train. The injured person, whose name was not immediately released, was the driver of a Honda Accord that had stopped in front of a flashing rail crossing gate on De Soto Avenue near Knapp Street at 8:45 p.m., authorities said.
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March 16, 2001 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family of Leon Praport, an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor who died last month in the Angels Flight crash, will file a lawsuit against the city and private firms involved in restoring and operating the historic funicular, an attorney announced Thursday. Lawyer Gary A. Dordick said the suit, also being filed on behalf of Praport's wife, Lola, who survived the Feb. 1 crash, will seek a judgment compelling the city to restore Angels Flight to full service with new, safe equipment.
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March 15, 2001 | ERIKA HAYASAKI and OFELIA CASILLAS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Van Nuys man in a wheelchair was killed and a woman was injured Wednesday when they were hit by a freight train in Northridge, police said. Stephen Aroff, 43, and Patti Wainer, 39, were at the train crossing in the 8300 block of Balboa Boulevard about 12:45 p.m. when Aroff started to cross, police and witnesses said. The wheels of his motorized wheelchair got caught in the tracks, said Officer Walter Hogue of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.
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March 8, 2001
A man who might have been crossing the tracks was hit by an Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train Wednesday night, according to Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. His body was found at 8:18 p.m. on the Metrolink train tracks 150 yards northeast of White Oak Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard, Humphrey said. The man appeared to be in his 30s or 40s and suffered massive head trauma on impact. "He was sadly beyond our help and was declared deceased at the scene," Humphrey said.
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July 13, 2000
An unidentified man was struck and killed by a freight train in South-Central Los Angeles on Wednesday. According to witnesses, the accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of Slauson and Central avenues, when the man crossed either in front of or between the slow-moving train cars, said fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey. "There were no other injuries, no derailment, but the man, unfortunately, had massive trauma--sadly, beyond our help," Humphrey said.
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February 22, 2000 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If anyone should know the dangers of the Metro Blue Line inside and out, it would be Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke. As head of the powerful Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Burke plays a leading role in setting policy for operating the Blue Line, whose trains operate along city streets and have killed 53 people since it opened in 1990. That is by far the most deaths for any light rail line in the state and is believed to be the most in the nation.
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December 3, 1999 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Blue Line rail accident that took six lives last weekend might have been prevented if four barrier gates--rather than the standard two--had been in place at the intersection where a train collided with a taxicab, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's safety chief said Thursday. The taxi, whose driver was unlicensed, was carrying five passengers when it collided with a southbound train at Greenleaf Boulevard and Willowbrook Avenue.
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November 26, 1992 | HUGO MARTIN and CAROL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Metrolink train carrying about 80 passengers derailed Wednesday morning after striking a Los Angeles street maintenance truck at an unguarded crossing in Pacoima, killing the truck driver and slightly injuring 12 rail passengers. The 6:50 a.m. accident was the first for the new commuter train service, which began Oct. 26.
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October 28, 1999 | SYLVIA PAGAN WESTPHAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to demonstrate the serious consequences of trying to beat a train at a railroad crossing, the MTA on Wednesday staged a collision between a freight train and a passenger van carrying a test dummy. The crash spoke for itself. About 490 feet from the impact--on North Main Street just east of the Los Angeles River--the van lay on the tracks, crushed on one side and missing a tire.
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November 15, 1999 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's Michael Walden's first week as the operator of a Los Angeles Metro Blue Line train. He's a former bus driver, but the differences between bus and rail are like night and day. Accidents are commonplace, and deaths to motorists and pedestrians along the Blue Line are the highest among California's light-rail systems. Trains can reach speeds of up to 55 mph while buses are stalled in traffic. After the trains reach top speed, it takes them more than the length of a football field to stop.
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October 28, 1999 | SYLVIA PAGAN WESTPHAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to demonstrate the serious consequences of trying to beat a train at a railroad crossing, the MTA on Wednesday staged a collision between a freight train and a passenger van carrying a test dummy. The crash spoke for itself. About 490 feet from the impact--on North Main Street just east of the Los Angeles River--the van lay on the tracks, crushed on one side and missing a tire.
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