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May 4, 1993
A young man leaped into the path of a Metrolink commuter train in Glendale Monday and was killed on impact, a spokesman for the rail service said. "The ninth Metrolink fatality occurred at 3:40 p.m. at Grandview Avenue and San Fernando Road in Glendale," said Peter Hildago, spokesman for the Metrolink system. "It was a suicide, and this was determined by the fact that the Police Department found a note, and witnesses and the Metrolink crew witnessed him dive in front of the train."
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October 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A man found dead on railroad tracks near Burbank Airport early Friday had been struck by a train, police said. Officers found the man, believed to be in his 30s, along the tracks between Vineland and Tujunga avenues in North Hollywood. His name was being withheld until his family could be notified. Police said they did not know what train hit the man or whether that was the cause of death.
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September 15, 1993 | JILL GOTTESMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three men believed to be transients were found dead Tuesday morning in a railroad freight car in Commerce, apparently crushed by shifting cargo, sheriff's deputies said. The partially decomposed bodies were discovered by a warehouse worker who was preparing to unload the car, which had been left by a Southern Pacific freight train sometime overnight, Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Gabe Ramirez said.
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June 29, 2001 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A paramedic unit collided with a train Thursday in City of Industry, injuring two paramedics and a train conductor, authorities said. The paramedics told investigators that the warning lights were not on and crossing arms were up as they approached the crossing on Stimson Avenue near Gage Avenue, said Sheriff's Lt. Tim Murakami. But the conductor told investigators that both the lights and arms had been activated, Murakami said.
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January 23, 1988 | PATT MORRISON and MARK ARAX, Times Staff Writers
A Santa Fe railroad train derailed after apparently rear-ending another train in a commercial area of Pico Rivera late Friday night, killing one crewman and triggering a diesel fuel explosion that set several commercial buildings, a small church and at least one home afire. County Fire Department Deputy Chief William Zeason said the dead man, a supervising engineer on the moving train, was either thrown or jumped from the train and was caught in the ensuing fire.
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June 8, 1991 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bells rang, lights flashed and an ear-splitting horn sounded, but the well-dressed woman in the yellow-and-tan Cadillac Eldorado still thought she could scoot under the railroad crossing gate as it descended. She made it past the barrier--barely. She made it past the train. She did not make it past Officer Harold Chilstrom of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He pulled her over and issued her a $71 ticket.
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August 31, 1991
Three Southern Pacific railroad tankers carrying about 60,000 gallons of propane gas derailed in El Segundo on Friday but did not spill their contents, authorities said. No one was injured in the derailment, which occurred about 12:30 a.m., said Southern Pacific spokesman Bob Hoppe. The three 20,000-gallon tankers were among six cars being pulled by a locomotive. The tankers derailed as the train was switching tracks in El Segundo, Hoppe said. Hoppe said the train "was probably moving about 5 m.
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September 24, 1994 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Fernando Valley man in his early 20s apparently killed himself Friday night by walking into the path of an oncoming Metrolink train that was bound for Moorpark, authorities said. Witnesses told police that as the train neared Louise Avenue about 6:20 p.m. a man was seen walking along the center of the track, Metrolink spokesman Peter Hidalgo said. Repeated soundings of the train's horn did not deter the man, Hidalgo said.
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December 11, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 38-year-old woman escaped serious injury Friday after being struck by a Metrolink train when her car stopped on the tracks at San Fernando Road and Drayton Street, authorities said. The woman, who suffered a deep thigh bruise, was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, said Edward Osorio, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman.
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March 19, 1999 | ART MARROQUIN
A man in his mid-30s suffered severe injuries after he was struck by a Union Pacific freight train Thursday afternoon in Pacoima, according to authorities. The man was hit as he tried to push a shopping cart across the tracks near San Fernando Road and Osborne Street just after 3 p.m., said Los Angeles City Fire spokesman Brian Humphrey. The victim was accompanied by a dog, who wasn't hurt--but the dog growled and briefly delayed medics from aiding the man, Humphrey said.
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June 21, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Two men were killed Wednesday when a 51-car Union Pacific freight train collided with their pickup truck, authorities said. Sheriff's deputies said the truck was stuck on a rail crossing on Avenue J next to Sierra Highway when the train, traveling north at 50 mph, smashed into it. The driver and passenger in the pickup have not been identified by authorities. No one was injured on the train, which had minor damage, said Sheriff's Sgt. William Hindman.
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March 8, 2001
A man was hit by an Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train Wednesday night, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. 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 had massive head trauma. He was found dead at the scene. The train did not derail and no one on board was injured. Officials did not know whether there were any passengers aboard.
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February 23, 2001 | MONTE MORIN and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
More than 3,500 Orange and San Diego county Metrolink passengers awoke to a commuter nightmare Thursday when an early morning freight train derailment in Montebello blocked service along the network's Orange County line for 11 hours. The derailment occurred at 4:15 a.m., when a northbound train apparently clipped another freight train on a parallel track, authorities said.
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February 13, 2001 | GENE MADDAUS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A packed commuter train slammed into a stalled pickup truck in Montclair Monday night, dragging it about 100 yards before the truck caught fire. Leon Thoms, 36, of Pomona said he was driving his pickup south on Ramona Avenue when he went through a deep puddle and stalled on the Metrolink tracks about 6:55 p.m. As a passerby tried to push the truck off the tracks, the headlights of the eastbound train appeared in the distance. "I just thought, 'Get outta that truck,' " Thoms said.
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February 9, 2001
An engine and one car of a Union Pacific freight train derailed Thursday in Compton, puncturing a fuel tank and spilling 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel near a stream, Compton officials said. No one was injured in the 11 a.m. accident at Carob Street and Willowbrook Avenue, "and fortunately, the Compton Fire Department was able to contain the spillage and prevent it from seeping into the Compton Creek wildlife area," said city spokesman Frank Wheaton.
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October 28, 2000
An unidentified man died Friday evening when he was struck by an eastbound MetroLink train in Pico Rivera. The accident, which occurred at 7:05 p.m. just north of Lexington Avenue, shut down train traffic in the area for at least 90 minutes, said Sgt. David Haney, evening watch commander at the Pico Rivera sheriff's station. Homicide detectives were investigating, Haney said, adding that he had no further details on the victim.
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February 9, 2001
An engine and one car of a Union Pacific freight train derailed Thursday in Compton, puncturing a fuel tank and spilling 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel near a stream, Compton officials said. No one was injured in the 11 a.m. accident at Carob Street and Willowbrook Avenue, "and fortunately, the Compton Fire Department was able to contain the spillage and prevent it from seeping into the Compton Creek wildlife area," said city spokesman Frank Wheaton.
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June 30, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Metrolink train slammed into a tractor-trailer stuck on the tracks with a dead engine Monday morning, demolishing it, but the truck driver escaped by jumping from the cab. Three train passengers were slightly injured, one of whom was taken to Pacifica Hospital of the Valley after complaining of back pain. At 7:50 a.m., Zbigniew Dabrowski), 38, was crossing the MTA tracks at San Fernando Road and Penrose Street when his truck stalled.
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September 21, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite safety improvements, the Metro Blue Line held the title as California's deadliest rail transit system in 1999, tallying 10 deaths and 40 injuries along the 22-mile line connecting Long Beach with downtown Los Angeles. The 1999 Blue Line statistics were worse than those for 1998, when the line had nine fatalities and 30 injuries in 47 accidents, according to a report published this month by the state Public Utilities Commission.
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June 28, 2000
Two railroad intersections with a history of accidents topped the statewide list of priority projects to receive money for grade crossings, the California Public Utilities Commission announced this week. Using a complex rating system that considers accidents, congestion and train and motor vehicle speed, the PUC ranked the railroad crossing at Nogales Street in the city of Industry as the one most in need of a separation between the railroad tracks and the street.
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