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April 4, 1998 | YUNG KIM and GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Doctors were rushed to the site of a train accident Friday night, when a man pushing a grocery cart across the tracks was struck and pinned beneath the train. The man, whose identity was not available, was struck just after 9 p.m. by a southbound Amtrak train traveling about 15 to 20 mph, Santa Ana Police Lt. Jose Garcia said. "The conductor did slow down but obviously was unable to stop," Garcia said.
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March 31, 1998
Police have identified the man hit by a train Sunday morning as a developmentally disabled 29-year-old who lived at a board-and-care facility in Fullerton. The man was walking on train tracks at Dale Avenue, south of Malvern Avenue, when the Amtrak train approached from behind and sounded its horn. Police said the man failed to acknowledge the train, even to turn around.
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March 30, 1998
An unidentified pedestrian was killed by a passenger train Sunday morning after he failed to heed--or did not hear--the train's horn, authorities said. The man had been walking on tracks at Dale Avenue, south of Malvern Avenue, Police Sgt. Ken Coovert said. The engineer sounded the train's horn for about a minute, but the man "didn't respond and the engineer was not able to stop the train," Coovert said. The pedestrian was killed instantly, he said.
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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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