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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1992
Dozens of passengers were delayed for more than two hours Monday after an Amtrak train from San Diego spilled about 500 gallons of diesel fuel when its tank was punctured by a lawn mower that had been placed on the tracks. No injuries were reported in the 4:59 p.m. incident. After the mishap, Amtrak crewmen disconnected the engine from the train.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2001 | From Associated Press
Two people were killed early Sunday when they walked into the path of an oncoming Amtrak passenger train. Veronica Sanders, 41, of Oceanside and Derek Norton, 36, of Anaheim died around 12:30 a.m. when they were struck by the southbound train traveling at 85 mph, said James Buckley, an investigator with the Medical Examiner's Office. "They were with friends and came from a bar," Buckley said. The train conductor saw Norton carrying Sanders as they walked onto the tracks, Buckley said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1992 | THUAN LE
Two men were hit and killed by trains in the last two days. Police said one man apparently committed suicide; the other died trying to avoid a locomotive while drinking on the tracks with friends. The apparent suicide took place in Anaheim about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, when a man about 40 years old ran onto tracks on the north side of the 800 block of East Broadway. Witnesses told police that the man squatted on the tracks, facing the locomotive traveling about 75 m.p.h. and was killed instantly.
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May 19, 2001 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 27-year-old man walking beside railroad tracks in Placentia's Old Towne was killed by a passing freight train early Friday along a stretch often used by foot traffic, mostly laborers taking a shortcut to nearby day job pickup locations, authorities said. The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Co. freight train's engineer blew repeated loud horn blasts, but Manuel Mata of Placentia may not have realized he was in danger, investigators said. About 6:30 a.m.
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January 14, 1992 | TERRY SPENCER
A hazardous materials team worked into the night Monday trying to stem the flow of a potentially dangerous liquid industrial compound that was leaking from an overturned railroad tanker car and led officials to evacuate 100 people.
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May 27, 1991 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A retarded La Habra man was in serious condition Sunday after he was hit by a freight train as he apparently tried to run across the tracks, police said. James Naranjo, 34, was flown by helicopter to UCI Medical Center in Orange after the accident, which occurred at 4:47 p.m. at Euclid Avenue south of La Habra Boulevard, police said. "He was seen running from a bush near the tracks," said La Habra Police Sgt. Perry Miller. "Witnesses saw him running alongside of the train."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1989 | LONN JOHNSTON, Times Staff Writer
Three railroad workers were injured Tuesday as they leaped from their eastbound freight train traveling at an estimated 45 m.p.h. moments before it crashed into the side of a westbound train loaded with cars and trucks, authorities said. Seventeen railroad cars and a pair of 200-ton locomotives derailed in the 4:08 a.m. collision between two Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Co. trains in Yorba Linda, a company spokesman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1993 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 21-year-old San Clemente man trying to outrun an Amtrak train on his bicycle was struck and killed Wednesday morning on a narrow bridge near Trestles Beach, a popular surfing spot. As his friend clung to the side of the bridge and screamed for him to do the same, Jeffrey Hutto was killed by the San Diego-bound train traveling at 50 m.p.h. "They were riding their bikes about 50 yards apart when the train approached," said a Trestles Beach lifeguard who saw the accident.
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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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November 19, 1992 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 19-year-old man was struck and killed Wednesday afternoon by a Santa Fe Railroad freight train near Yorba Linda. The man, whose name was not released pending the notification of relatives, was struck by an eastbound train at 3:23 p.m. The incident occurred on railroad tracks next to Esperanza Road east of Imperial Highway, said Sheriff's Lt. William Francis. Mike Martin, spokesman for Santa Fe Railway, said: "The crew said the gentleman apparently jumped right into the path of the train.
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December 11, 2000 | JENNIFER MENA
Fullerton police were trying to determine whether a transient hit by a train Sunday night was trying to commit suicide. Phillip Thomas Seabon, 39, from Anaheim, was hit by a Santa Fe freight train near the intersection of Raymond Avenue and Valencia Drive, said Fullerton Police Sgt. John Petropulos. After the incident was reported at 8:24 p.m., Seabon was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he was treated for head trauma and was listed in guarded condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2000 | LOUISE ROUG
A man was killed when he was struck by a freight train in Yorba Linda early Sunday morning, police said. The man, who remained unidentified late Sunday night, was walking west along the railroad tracks in the area near La Palma east of Mercado del Rio shortly before 9 a.m. when he was hit by the train, Brea Police Officer Chad Meyer said. The tracks are not easily accessible from the road and there are no marked pedestrian crossings in the area, Meyer said.
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October 18, 2000 | DAVID HALDANE
A busy Anaheim street was closed for three hours Tuesday after the death of a man believed to have thrown himself into the path of an oncoming train, authorities said. The incident happened about 3:30 p.m., when the man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train at a crossing on State College Boulevard near Edison Field, said Sgt. Bill Jefferson, a spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department.
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June 12, 2000 | ANA BEATRIZ CHOLO
A surfer walking on the railroad tracks in San Clemente was struck and injured Sunday by an Amtrak train, police said. The unidentified 45-year-old man from San Clemente, accompanied by a female friend, was carrying his surfboard along the tracks about 11:30 a.m. when a southbound train approached, said sheriff's Lt. Tom Garner. "The train was doing about 40 mph when [the conductor] saw them and started to slow," Garner said. He added that the train's horn also was sounded.
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May 25, 2000 | WILLOUGHBY MARIANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Responding to the death of a 12-year-old girl struck by a Metrolink train, Santa Ana officials said Wednesday they hope to launch a program aimed at educating residents on how to cross tracks safely. Santa Ana recently received a $150,000 grant from the state aimed at pedestrian education, and traffic engineer T.C. Sutaria said his staff is now working with the city's pedestrian task force to craft possible train safety programs.
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March 17, 2000 | TAMI MIN and YOUNG CHANG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Police evacuated nearly a dozen children from a church after-school program Thursday after a freight train transporting potentially hazardous materials derailed in Anaheim, authorities said. No injuries were reported. Six cars of a northbound Union Pacific Railroad train jumped the tracks near the 200 block of East Palais Road at 5:45 p.m., investigators said. The cause of the derailment had not been determined Thursday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1993
A man threw himself in front of a train Sunday in an apparent suicide. Sheriff's Lt. Ron Wilkerson said the victim rode his bicycle to the railroad tracks where they cross under La Paz Road. When the fast-moving Amtrak train approached shortly after 10 a.m., he leaped in front of it and was killed, Wilkerson said. A railroad employee called sheriff's deputies to help recover the body. A "rambling" suicide note was found nearby, but it was unsigned, Wilkerson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1990 | NANCY WRIDE and KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A man in a cherry picker working on a pedestrian bridge was fatally injured Saturday by an Amtrak train that clipped the construction lift, knocking him 30 feet to the ground, authorities said. Police said the victim's left leg was severed at the knee in the 8:47 a.m. accident, which occurred on the tracks outside Nutrilite Products Inc. The company owns the passenger bridge just east of the 5600 block of Beach Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2000 | ANA CHOLO-TIPTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A man was struck and killed by a southbound Amtrak train in Santa Ana on Friday after he apparently ignored warning bells and a lowered crossing arm, police said. Enrique Martinez, 25, of Tustin was walking east on McFadden Avenue about 1:30 p.m., Santa Ana Police Sgt. Raul Luna said. Witnesses told investigators that the man had been carrying a brown-bag lunch when he was hit and thrown about 200 feet, Luna said. He was killed instantly.
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