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January 27, 1987 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
A 19-year-old Marine with a lifelong fascination for trains was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles federal court to six years in prison for wrecking a Southern Pacific freight that derailed near Palm Springs last year, killing a man who had apparently hopped a ride. U.S. District Judge William Matthew Byrne Jr. noted in sentencing Pfc. Brian Andrew Banks that the case was a "sad one," and that Banks "obviously has some psychological problems."
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January 16, 1996
An 86-year-old man was killed when he tried to flag down a fast-moving Metrolink train with a flashlight after his car had stalled on railroad tracks in Riverside on Monday, officials said. It was the first fatality involving the inland Metrolink line, which started service in October, said Peter Hidalgo, a Metrolink spokesman.
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November 10, 1990 | From a Times Staff Writer
Investigators have found no evidence of mechanical malfunctioning preceding the collision of two freight trains this week that killed four and injured two others, railroad and federal officials said. Tests of the locomotives, the rail tracks and the elevated signals that warn railway workers of oncoming trains have indicated that the equipment functioned properly--apparently raising the possibility that Wednesday's crash was caused by human error.
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August 25, 1994 | SHAWN HUBLER and NIESON HIMMEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Three adults and a baby girl were killed Wednesday night when their car spun out of control at a Riverside railroad crossing and careened into the path of a Metrolink commuter train, authorities said. The crash--the second Metrolink accident this month to end in tragedy--occurred at 6:39 p.m., just four minutes before the train was scheduled to complete its run from Downtown Los Angeles, said Metrolink spokesman Peter Hidalgo.
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February 12, 1993 | Associated Press
Two transients were killed and a third was seriously hurt Thursday when 17 cars on a Southern Pacific freight train derailed in the desert south of Indio, authorities said. The cars jumped the tracks about 10:45 a.m. in a remote desert area on the northern shore of the Salton Sea, said railroad spokesman Jack Martin. The cause of the derailment was not immediately known, but Martin said flooding from winter storms had recently undermined tracks.
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February 15, 1991
A San Diego-bound freight train derailed Thursday afternoon in Riverside, sending boxcars colliding into one another in accordion fashion and spilling lumber, dry cement and lard across the tracks, railroad and fire officials said. No one was injured in the 3 p.m. accident near the 9500 block of Indiana Avenue in a neighborhood of mobile homes, fruit packing plants and other light commercial businesses, authorities said.
NEWS
January 16, 1996
An 86-year-old man was killed when he tried to flag down a fast-moving Metrolink train with a flashlight after his car had stalled on railroad tracks in Riverside on Monday, officials said. It was the first fatality involving the inland Metrolink line, which started service in October, said Peter Hidalgo, a Metrolink spokesman.
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July 24, 1991 | BETH HAWKINS and TED JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The engineer of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe train involved in a fatal collision near Corona last year probably was asleep when his freight train collided with another train, the National Transportation Safety Board reported Tuesday. The NTSB report surmised that engineer Gary R. Ledoux was fatigued by an irregular and unpredictable work schedule.
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November 10, 1990 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Investigators have found no evidence of mechanical malfunctions preceding the collision of freight trains this week that killed four and injured two others, railroad and federal officials said Friday. Tests of the locomotives, the rail tracks and the elevated signals that warn railway workers of oncoming trains have indicated that the equipment functioned properly--apparently raising the possibility that Wednesday's crash was caused by human error.
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November 9, 1990 | DAVID WILLMAN and TED JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Three of the four Santa Fe railway workers killed in a crash here, including a woman brake operator working her first shift ever, burned to death after jumping from their locomotive just before it rammed an oncoming freight train, officials said Thursday. "The indications to me are that they had gotten out and then the explosion occurred," said Deputy Riverside County Coroner Alan Wesefeldt.
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February 12, 1993 | Associated Press
Two transients were killed and a third was seriously hurt Thursday when 17 cars on a Southern Pacific freight train derailed in the desert south of Indio, authorities said. The cars jumped the tracks about 10:45 a.m. in a remote desert area on the northern shore of the Salton Sea, said railroad spokesman Jack Martin. The cause of the derailment was not immediately known, but Martin said flooding from winter storms had recently undermined tracks.
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July 24, 1991 | BETH HAWKINS and TED JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The engineer of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe train involved in a fatal collision near Corona last year probably was asleep when his freight train collided with another train, the National Transportation Safety Board reported Tuesday. The NTSB report surmised that engineer Gary R. Ledoux was fatigued by an irregular and unpredictable work schedule.
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July 24, 1991 | BETH HAWKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The engineer of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe train involved in a fatal collision near Corona, Calif., last year probably was asleep when his freight train collided with another train, the National Transportation Safety Board reported Tuesday. The NTSB report surmised that the engineer was fatigued by an irregular and unpredictable work schedule.
NEWS
April 19, 1991
A propane tank car started leaking after a Santa Fe Railway freight train derailed Thursday night forcing the evacuation of nearly 200 people from a large area of downtown Riverside but there were no injuries or explosions, authorities said. The car was one of nine tank cars on the train and was said to be empty but it was feared that it contained enough residual gas to set off an explosion with enough force to cause damage up to 2,000 feet away, fire officials said.
NEWS
February 15, 1991
A San Diego-bound freight train derailed Thursday afternoon in Riverside, sending boxcars colliding into one another in accordion fashion and spilling lumber, dry cement and lard across the tracks, railroad and fire officials said. No one was injured in the 3 p.m. accident near the 9500 block of Indiana Avenue in a neighborhood of mobile homes, fruit packing plants and other light commercial businesses, authorities said.
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January 12, 1991 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An engineer involved in last November's freight train crash that left four crew members dead tested positive for two powerful stimulants, according to laboratory results released Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Federal investigators said they will now attempt to determine what impact the stimulants could have had on the performance of the 50-year-old engineer, James A. Dawson of San Bernardino County. Dawson, an employee of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Co.
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April 19, 1991
A propane tank car started leaking after a Santa Fe Railway freight train derailed Thursday night forcing the evacuation of nearly 200 people from a large area of downtown Riverside but there were no injuries or explosions, authorities said. The car was one of nine tank cars on the train and was said to be empty but it was feared that it contained enough residual gas to set off an explosion with enough force to cause damage up to 2,000 feet away, fire officials said.
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July 24, 1991 | BETH HAWKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The engineer of an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe train involved in a fatal collision near Corona, Calif., last year probably was asleep when his freight train collided with another train, the National Transportation Safety Board reported Tuesday. The NTSB report surmised that the engineer was fatigued by an irregular and unpredictable work schedule.
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November 10, 1990 | From a Times Staff Writer
Investigators have found no evidence of mechanical malfunctioning preceding the collision of two freight trains this week that killed four and injured two others, railroad and federal officials said. Tests of the locomotives, the rail tracks and the elevated signals that warn railway workers of oncoming trains have indicated that the equipment functioned properly--apparently raising the possibility that Wednesday's crash was caused by human error.
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November 10, 1990 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Investigators have found no evidence of mechanical malfunctions preceding the collision of freight trains this week that killed four and injured two others, railroad and federal officials said Friday. Tests of the locomotives, the rail tracks and the elevated signals that warn railway workers of oncoming trains have indicated that the equipment functioned properly--apparently raising the possibility that Wednesday's crash was caused by human error.
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