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February 2, 1996 | TOM GORMAN and ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A freight train carrying dangerous chemicals plunged from the rails on a steep downgrade in the Cajon Pass and exploded in flames before dawn Thursday, hurling a noxious cloud into the sky that forced the closure of a major transcontinental highway. Two bodies found near the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe tracks were believed those of two brakemen who apparently leaped from the 49-car train as it hurtled down the canyon.
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October 23, 1999 | From Associated Press
An Amtrak train carrying 234 people derailed Friday and at least two people were slightly injured, authorities said. Seven rear cars, two of them passenger cars, apparently jumped the track about 5:31 a.m. near Interstate 10 just east of Palm Springs. An Amtrak spokesman said the two injuries were minor bumps. None of the cars on the Sunset Limited, headed from Orlando, Fla., to Los Angeles, tipped over.
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December 15, 1994 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An out-of-control Santa Fe freight train slammed into the rear of a parked Union Pacific coal train as it descended the treacherous Cajon Pass before dawn Wednesday, moments after the crews of both trains jumped to safety. The crash derailed five locomotives and four cars and sparked a fire that burned for hours. The flames and jumbled wreckage were clearly visible to motorists on Interstate 15, about 18 miles north of San Bernardino.
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December 10, 1997 | From a Times Staff Writer
An attempt by Jackie Robles to regain custody of her 4-month-old son, taken from her after her two young daughters were killed by a Metrolink train in October, was postponed Tuesday until a hearing Jan. 9. The proceedings were delayed because authorities do not have the results of drug tests ordered by the San Bernardino County Juvenile Court to help determine the Upland woman's fitness as a mother. Robles, 21, had fallen asleep in her apartment Oct.
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June 20, 1990 | SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday blamed Southern Pacific Transportation Co. for a "series of management errors" that resulted in four deaths when a runaway freight train derailed in a West San Bernardino neighborhood. The safety board also found that a pipeline explosion 13 days after the May, 1989, train wreck occurred because officials of Calnev Pipe Line Co. failed to uncover pipeline damage caused by earthmoving equipment used to clear away the train wreck.
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February 4, 1996 | JOHN M. GLIONNA and ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Alvin Williams held up the trophy Saturday and spoke of the star athlete known to his family as Little Man, the kid brother who wowed football crowds nationwide with his speed and grace, and the working man whose death came tragically last week in the mountain wreck of a runaway freight train.
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February 11, 1996 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Learning of a possibility of sabotage, the FBI has joined the investigation of the fatal freight train derailment in the Cajon Pass on Feb. 1, sources close to the case told The Times on Saturday. "There is concern whether a signal was set improperly, or that it may have been tampered with," one source said. "The National Transportation Safety Board uncovered evidence as the wreckage was being cleared away," the source added. "The NTSB asked the FBI to join the investigation."
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December 12, 1996 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday blamed the Federal Railroad Administration, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the railroad industry as a whole for February's disastrous freight train wreck in the Cajon Pass near San Bernardino.
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February 3, 1996 | TOM GORMAN and ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A "black box" recorder that may provide clues to the fatal derailment of a 49-car freight train in the Cajon Pass was recovered by federal safety officials Friday as firefighters worked to extinguish smoldering fires in the twisted wreckage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1990
Two more lawsuits were filed Thursday over a train wreck and gasoline pipeline explosion that killed six people, injured dozens of others and destroyed eight houses last year in San Bernardino. The Los Angeles Superior Court suits, filed by lawyer Jack Dougherty, seek unspecified damages. One of the suits was filed on behalf of Edmena Burney and 64 other plaintiffs who lived on or near Duffy Street when a Southern Pacific train derailed last May. Days later, a pipeline ruptured and exploded.
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November 21, 1997 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She escaped formal prosecution, but now Jackie Robles is finding that the court of public opinion can deliver its own brand of justice. It was a month ago today that Robles' two daughters were struck and killed by a Metrolink train in Upland, after she fell asleep and the girls--Alexes Robles, 3, and Deziree Soto, 22 months--wandered from home.
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October 25, 1997 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jackie Robles, freed from jail and able to finally speak about the death of two of her children who were struck Tuesday by a Metrolink train, disclosed Friday one possible reason authorities are pursuing a child endangerment investigation: the presence of a 20-year-old man in her apartment when the toddlers wandered off. Robles, 21, speaking to reporters after a Juvenile Court hearing on custody of her 2-month-old son, acknowledged that "a friend" was in the house Tuesday morning with her.
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October 22, 1997 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They were put down for their morning nap Tuesday, but after their mother apparently dozed off, the two precocious toddlers slipped out of their apartment and set off to where the sisters had never dared go before--to where they would tragically die.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1997 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year after a fatal train derailment in Cajon Pass, a Los Angeles attorney has filed a class-action lawsuit charging that Burlington Northern Santa Fe officials did not reveal to cleanup workers the full danger posed by chemicals spilled during the crash. The lawsuit, filed in San Bernardino Superior Court, also accuses the railroad of negligently operating the 49-car freight train that careened out of control down a slope last Feb. 1, killing the brakeman and conductor.
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December 12, 1996 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday blamed the Federal Railroad Administration, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the railroad industry as a whole for February's disastrous freight train wreck in the Cajon Pass near San Bernardino.
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April 24, 1996 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Speaking from his wheelchair Tuesday in calm, measured tones, locomotive engineer Lester Foster described the Feb. 1 crash of a runaway freight train in the Cajon Pass that killed two fellow crew members. Foster said that although he applied the air brakes as the heavily laden train began descending the steep, 24-mile grade, "we started gaining a little speed. . . ." "I gave it a little more air . . . but we continued to gain speed," he said.
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April 24, 1996 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Speaking from his wheelchair Tuesday in calm, measured tones, locomotive engineer Lester Foster described the Feb. 1 crash of a runaway freight train in the Cajon Pass that killed two fellow crew members. Foster said that although he applied the air brakes as the heavily laden train began descending the steep, 24-mile grade, "we started gaining a little speed. . . ." "I gave it a little more air . . . but we continued to gain speed," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1996
The family of a railroad employee who was killed in an explosive train crash Feb. 1 filed a $20-million wrongful death lawsuit Monday against the railroad company, brake manufacturers and chemical firms that produced the materials being transported on board. Former USC football star Kevin Williams was working as a brakeman when a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying highly flammable chemicals plunged off the tracks in the Cajon Pass, killing him and the conductor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1996
The family of a railroad employee who was killed in an explosive train crash Feb. 1 filed a $20-million wrongful death lawsuit Monday against the railroad company, brake manufacturers and chemical firms that produced the materials being transported on board. Former USC football star Kevin Williams was working as a brakeman when a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying highly flammable chemicals plunged off the tracks in the Cajon Pass, killing him and the conductor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1996
The family of a railroad employee killed in an explosive train crash Feb. 1 filed a $20-million wrongful death lawsuit Monday against the railroad company, brake manufacturers and chemical companies that produced the materials being transported on board.
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