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November 21, 1990 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to reduce the number of accidents along the main rail corridor in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties, railroad companies and transportation officials have launched a safety program warning of the dangers posed by high-speed passenger and freight trains. The effort, which was unveiled during a news conference Tuesday in Santa Ana, was prompted by a recent series of railroad accidents in San Diego County, Caltrans spokesman James L. Larsen said.
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May 11, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
An Oceanside man was killed instantly Monday afternoon when he rode his bicycle into the path of an Amtrak train, authorities said. The bicyclist, identified as Brian Throckmorton, who was believed to be about 36, apparently was listening to music on a headset and did not hear the northbound train, said John Armendariz, an investigator for the San Diego County coroner's office. "He must have had the volume turned up because he never looked at the train," Armendariz said.
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October 22, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Three people were killed and one injured when an Amtrak train bound to San Diego from Los Angeles struck them as they were playing cards and drinking on the track about 25 miles north of San Diego, an Amtrak official said. "Four trespassers were playing cards and drinking on the track," said Amtrak spokesman Arthur Lloyd. "The engineer probably saw them, but they can't stop in time. It's very upsetting."
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October 16, 1992 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three people--one of them an apparent suicide--have been struck and killed by trains since Wednesday on a stretch of North County track, reviving concerns about rail safety sparked by a series of deaths two years ago. Karina Ellie Murphy, 40, of Leucadia was struck about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday by a southbound Amtrak train while she and her husband were walking the family dog near the tracks at Old Highway 101 near Grandview Street, her sister-in-law said.
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October 23, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In the wake of the third fatal train accident in three weeks, transportation officials announced plans for a public-awareness campaign designed to remind San Diego County residents that trains can kill. Two people were killed Sunday night when they were hit by a train in Encinitas. The bodies of Juan Carlos Ortega, 24, and Sandra Spires, 45, were found dozens of feet south of the point of impact.
NEWS
August 19, 1988
Amtrak passenger service was disrupted for several hours Thursday because of a freight train derailment near Camp Pendelton that occurred when engineers tried to avoid hitting a man, officials said. The 5 a.m. accident, in which four cars left the track, blocked the main line used for Amtrak's Los Angeles-to-San Diego service, said Santa Fe spokesman Mike Martin in Los Angeles.
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February 24, 1991 | RAY TESSLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An 18-month-old toddler playing on the railroad tracks was hit and killed Saturday morning by a southbound Amtrak train that had been traveling at 88 m.p.h. The engineer saw Geraldo Santiago Andreas and applied the emergency brakes, but the train still struck the child at 60 m.p.h. and dragged the body for about 300 feet before coming to a halt, according to authorities. "He was killed instantly" upon impact, said George Dickason, a San Diego County medical examiner inspector. Sheriff's Sgt.
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December 6, 1990 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two women died after they were struck by a freight train at the Del Mar Amtrak station as one tried to rescue the other, who had stumbled while crossing the tracks. While about two dozen commuters watched helplessly, Usha Waney, 47, of La Jolla, was struck as she rushed to cross the tracks, apparently because she mistakenly believed that the warning signal at a nearby road crossing marked the arrival of her Los Angeles-bound passenger train, authorities said. She died instantly.
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October 16, 1992 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three people--one of them an apparent suicide--have been struck and killed by trains since Wednesday on a stretch of North County track, reviving concerns about rail safety sparked by a series of deaths two years ago. Karina Ellie Murphy, 40, of Leucadia was struck about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday by a southbound Amtrak train while she and her husband were walking the family dog near the tracks at Old Highway 101 near Grandview Street, her sister-in-law said.
NEWS
May 11, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
An Oceanside man was killed instantly Monday afternoon when he rode his bicycle into the path of an Amtrak train, authorities said. The bicyclist, identified as Brian Throckmorton, who was believed to be about 36, apparently was listening to music on a headset and did not hear the northbound train, said John Armendariz, an investigator for the San Diego County coroner's office. "He must have had the volume turned up because he never looked at the train," Armendariz said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1992
A Fountain Valley teen-ager was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Tuesday night while walking along the railroad tracks between San Clemente and Oceanside, authorities said. Sou Houekc Yean, 16, a junior at Fountain Valley High School, was killed shortly after 8 p.m. about four miles north of the Las Pulgas Road off-ramp, according to a report by Chuck Bolton, a San Diego County medical examiner.
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February 24, 1991 | RAY TESSLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An 18-month-old toddler playing on the railroad tracks was hit and killed Saturday morning by a southbound Amtrak train that had been traveling at 88 m.p.h. The engineer saw Geraldo Santiago Andreas and applied the emergency brakes, but the train still struck the child at 60 m.p.h. and dragged the body for about 300 feet before coming to a halt, according to authorities. "He was killed instantly" upon impact, said George Dickason, a San Diego County medical examiner inspector. Sheriff's Sgt.
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December 7, 1990 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Naveen Waney remembers the evening last week when he brought home a collegearchitecture project to discuss with his parents, a practice that was typical for the close-knit La Jolla family of five. His mother, Usha, sat at the dinner table, listening to her son's vision for a new train station in adjacent Solana Beach.
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December 6, 1990 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two women died after they were struck by a freight train at the Del Mar Amtrak station as one tried to rescue the other, who had stumbled while crossing the tracks. While about two dozen commuters watched helplessly, Usha Waney, 47, of La Jolla, was struck as she rushed to cross the tracks, apparently because she mistakenly believed that the warning signal at a nearby road crossing marked the arrival of her Los Angeles-bound passenger train, authorities said. She died instantly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1990 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to reduce the number of accidents along the main rail corridor in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties, railroad companies and transportation officials have launched a safety program warning of the dangers posed by high-speed passenger and freight trains. The effort, which was unveiled during a news conference Tuesday in Santa Ana, was prompted by a recent series of railroad accidents in San Diego County, Caltrans spokesman James L. Larsen said.
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October 26, 1990 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amtrak closed down its three-person San Diego County police force--which patrolled the tracks to keep trespassers away--weeks before a series of accidents in which four pedestrians were killed by passenger trains. The officers were transferred to Los Angeles Union Station in August, said Amtrak Police Capt. William Foster, who works in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1989 | MARK LANDSBAUM, Times Staff Writer
A woman was killed in a freak accident Monday when her vehicle veered off the southbound San Diego Freeway near San Onofre and landed on railroad tracks, where it was demolished moments later by an Amtrak commuter train, authorities said. None of the 150 passengers were injured on the train, which had slowed in an effort to avoid the collision, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Gary Smith said.
NEWS
October 4, 1990 | ARMANDO ACUNA and JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A semitrailer rig carrying eight cars was hit and destroyed Wednesday afternoon, its cars knocked to the ground by a fast-moving Amtrak train in Leucadia after the truck "bottomed out" and got stuck in the middle of a railroad crossing. Authorities said seven passengers on the train suffered minor injuries, but a spokeswoman for Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas said six people were treated for bumps, bruises and neck strains and then released.
NEWS
October 23, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In the wake of the third fatal train accident in three weeks, transportation officials announced plans for a public-awareness campaign designed to remind San Diego County residents that trains can kill. Two people were killed Sunday night when they were hit by a train in Encinitas. The bodies of Juan Carlos Ortega, 24, and Sandra Spires, 45, were found dozens of feet south of the point of impact.
NEWS
October 22, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Three people were killed and one injured when an Amtrak train bound to San Diego from Los Angeles struck them as they were playing cards and drinking on the track about 25 miles north of San Diego, an Amtrak official said. "Four trespassers were playing cards and drinking on the track," said Amtrak spokesman Arthur Lloyd. "The engineer probably saw them, but they can't stop in time. It's very upsetting."
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