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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1992
A motorist who apparently cut in front of a Metro Blue Line train Thursday suffered a minor injury when the two vehicles collided in downtown Los Angeles, officials said. The crash occurred shortly after 10 a.m. near 12th and Flower streets as the southbound train approached the Pico Station, said Rick Jager, spokesman for the Southern California Rapid Transit District. Paramedics treated the person at the scene, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Bob Collis.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1992 | HUGO MARTIN
A Los Angeles city street maintenance truck driver who was killed in a Nov. 25 collision with a Metrolink train in Pacoima was drug and alcohol-free at the time of the accident, a Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman said Monday. An autopsy that was completed last week determined that Jaime Farias, 37, of Los Angeles, died of "massive traumatic injuries due to the blunt force of the impact" caused when the train, traveling 77 m.p.h.
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December 1, 1992 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A railroad crossing where a fatal crash occurred between a Metrolink train and a dump truck will be closed and six other unguarded crossings along the commuter train's route may be eliminated, federal and county rail officials said Monday. The crash last Wednesday--the first for the month-old rail service--occurred at an unguarded private railroad crossing leading to a Los Angeles city street maintenance yard in Pacoima.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1993
A father and his two children, ages 2 and 3, narrowly escaped injury when their truck was hit by a Metrolink train at a Pacoima rail crossing after it got stuck under a signal arm, police said Thursday. The collision, which a police officer described as "a glancing blow," sheared off the left front part of the truck, but did not injure the occupants, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1990
Moments before being struck and killed by a Metro Blue Line train, a Los Angeles man straddled the tracks and waved his hands in what appeared to be a bizarre attempt to stop the train, authorities said Thursday. Jose Reyes, 34, died within minutes of being struck by a southbound train near the South-Central Los Angeles intersection of Vernon and Long Beach avenues late Wednesday. Witnesses told police that Reyes was acting strangely before the accident.
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October 27, 1990 | STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County transportation officials, seeking to stem a rash of fatal collisions between Blue Line trolleys and automobiles, announced Friday that new lights would be added to the trolleys as part of a series of safety measures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1991
A $50-million claim was filed Monday against the county on behalf of a mentally ill Glendale man who was struck and critically injured by a train 2 1/2 hours after being released from the Men's Central Jail. The claim contends that William Penuela, diagnosed for 20 years as a paranoid schizophrenic, was hallucinating and unable to care for himself when he was struck March 1 by the Amtrak passenger train at a downtown rail yard. Penuela, 36, was arrested on Feb.
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April 19, 1991 | NIESON HIMMEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An RTD bus and a Metro Rail Blue Line train, also operated by the transit authority, were involved in separate accidents in Los Angeles on Thursday, leaving one man dead and five people injured--two critically, authorities said. The fatality occurred when a car carrying five people spun out of control near Crenshaw and Pico boulevards and slammed into the bus at 4 p.m., fire officials said.
NEWS
December 8, 1991
Three men prevented an elderly woman from being crushed beneath a freight train shortly after noon Saturday in South-Central Los Angeles, a sheriff's deputy said. Gertrude Block, 69, fell as she rushed across railroad tracks at Imperial Highway and Wilmington Avenue, just 100 yards in front of a Southern Pacific train bearing down on her at 30 m.p.h., said Deputy Mary Landreth. The engineer, unable to stop, blew the horn but the woman could not get up, Landreth said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1991
Two Glassell Park men were struck and killed early Sunday when they stumbled into the path of a freight train in Sun Valley, authorities said. The men were identified as Octavio Millan, 34, and Alfredo Ramirez Valdez, 21, a County coroner's spokeswoman said. The engineer on a southbound Southern Pacific train weighing 3,350 tons slowed to 35 m.p.h. and sounded a warning whistle but could not avoid hitting the men, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Christopher Vasquez said. The accident occurred at 2:35 a.
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