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December 29, 1997 | PETER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two South County residents avoided injury when their pickup truck was sideswiped early Sunday by a Santa Fe Railway train, authorities said. John Valdez, 30, of Dana Point and Shay Murphy, 26, of San Juan Capistrano were taking a shortcut adjacent to the Metrolink tracks about 3:45 a.m., said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Charles Walters. Shay got out of the truck, but Valdez kept driving alongside the tracks and a passing train "clipped the truck" when it got too close, Walters said.
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December 25, 1997 | STEVE CARNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An apparent suicide Wednesday night on the Amtrak tracks backed up a dozen trains and delayed about 1,000 passengers for two hours, authorities said. An Amtrak train from Los Angeles to San Diego with 115 passengers when it hit a 22-year-old man just south of the Garden Grove Freeway about 5:30 p.m., authorities said. The train sat for about two hours while police investigated the scene, affecting 12 other trains in Southern California, said Amtrak spokesman Dominick Albano.
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May 4, 1997 | BONNIE HAYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By all accounts, Rosanna Hooper was a model mother. She adored her son, Daniel, a bony 11-year-old who loved animals, throwing his "wicked" curve ball and playing video games. Almost every day the two were seen bouncing along in Hooper's white Ford van, a clunking older model that stalled regularly at the end of their cul-de-sac on North Merrimac Road, where Daniel would give an exasperated sigh and cross his fingers for the van to recover.
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May 3, 1997 | BONNIE HAYES and DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police believe an Anaheim woman distraught over financial woes killed her 11-year-old son before taking her own life an hour later by stepping in front of an oncoming train. The mother, identified as 47-year-old Rose Hooper, was last seen pulling away from her Anaheim home in a white van about 4:30 p.m. Friday, neighbors said. It was the home she was forced to share with her estranged husband because of financial problems, neighbors said.
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February 22, 1997 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roberta Dinow figured she had about 90 seconds before the Amtrak train she was riding Thursday night pulled into her stop, the San Juan Capistrano station. Two other passengers were working their way back to their seats from the bathrooms, and once they cleared the aisle, she thought, she'd make her move to beat the crowd to the door. Then the train hit the truck.
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February 21, 1997
An Amtrak passenger train bound for San Diego on Thursday night collided with a truck loaded with cars, ripping the big rig in half and littering the tracks with mangled cars for more than 100 yards, officials said. No one was injured in the 8:42 p.m. crash, and the more than 200 people aboard the southbound train were ferried back to Irvine by train and then bused home, according to Sgt. Jim Feick of the California Highway Patrol.
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February 17, 1997 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A day after a Laguna Hills man reportedly stabbed his estranged girlfriend during a botched kidnapping, the distraught 31-year-old killed himself by lying down in the path of a train, police said Sunday. Bryon Watt Jennings waited Saturday afternoon for the train at mile marker No. 254 on the Coaster Line in the University City area of San Diego, then jumped on the tracks about 5:20 p.m., witnesses told police. In a stolen car parked nearby, police discovered a suicide note.
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January 15, 1997 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police have identified the man killed by an Amtrak train on the tracks near the Fullerton station as Carlos Lopez, 31, of Westminster. An Amtrak spokesman said the company believes, based on reports by employees at the scene, that Lopez was already dead when the train struck him at 8:45 p.m. Monday. But police and a coroner's spokesman said they could not confirm that.
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January 14, 1997 | LEN HALL
A 13-year-old Fullerton boy wearing stereo headphones and walking on the railroad tracks was struck by a MetroLink train Monday, but suffered only a fractured leg, police said. The boy, whose name was not released because of his age, managed to leap away at the last moment, but the train hit his leg, Fullerton Police Sgt. Joe Klein said. "He was very, very fortunate," he said. "He was able to get out of the way at the last possible second."
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December 28, 1996 | LEE ROMNEY
An 18-year-old Orange man was in stable condition Friday after a train struck his car when he drove around the railroad crossing arm at Chapman Avenue and Atchison Street on Thursday night, police said. Jose Vasquez was driving east on Chapman Avenue when he dodged the crossing arm and was hit by a northbound Amtrak train about 9:55 p.m., Orange police said. A teenage passenger managed to jump out of the 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass before impact and was uninjured.
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