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March 12, 1992 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After eight months of negotiation, Southern Pacific Transportation Co. has agreed to pay $737,000 to Ventura County and other government agencies for the cleanup of last summer's Seacliff train derailment and toxic spill, officials said Wednesday. The railroad company notified county officials Tuesday that it will pay for emergency services provided by the county Fire Department and other agencies in connection with the July 28 accident, said Assistant County Counsel Robert R. Orellana.
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November 24, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Amtrak train slammed into a farm tractor Friday afternoon, killing the tractor driver, injuring 12 of the 120 train passengers and setting a fire in the surrounding fields. The 65-year-old tractor driver, whose name was not released, died on impact, officials said. The collision near 5th Street about a mile east of Las Posas Road came less than two weeks after the launch of an educational campaign for farm workers who labor near rail crossings.
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August 2, 1991 | MACK REED and ADRIANNE GOODMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Huge cranes gingerly lifted crushed boxcars from a Southern Pacific train wreck Thursday as workers tried not to disturb a 5,000-gallon tankful of flammable naphthalene that had lain nearby since the weekend derailment forced closure of U.S. 101. The cranes were moved to the freeway overpass Thursday morning, just hours after workers in white protective suits finished lifting 53 drums of the poisonous chemical hydrazine from the wreck onto a flatbed truck.
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March 23, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Oxnard teen sustained serious head injuries early Thursday when his car was struck by a Metrolink train as he tried to drive across an unguarded rail crossing near Camarillo. Juan Gabriel Lopez, who turned 19 Thursday, was in critical condition with skull and pelvis fractures after the crash, which occurred just north of 5th Street, about a mile east of Las Posas Road.
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July 30, 1991 | MILES CORWIN and KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
This was not how the Fletcher family had planned to spend their first night of vacation. They parked in front of a supermarket, swathed in beach towels to keep out the cold, and slept fitfully, sitting up, in their Honda Accord. They had reservations at a beachfront Ventura hotel, where they had looked forward to falling asleep to the sound of the surf. But because of the freight train derailment that resulted in a spill of hazardous chemicals Sunday, U.S.
NEWS
August 3, 1991
The National League roundup of July 7 presents the best argument possible for the NL to reject the designated hitter: Mets 3, Phillies 1--"(Dwight Gooden) also singled in the seventh and scored the Mets' final run." Reds 1, Astros 0--"Chris Hammond pitched six innings, had two of the Reds' five hits and scored the only run. He doubled with one out in the third and scored on Billy Hatcher's two-out single." Montreal 4, Pirates 3--"(Dennis) Martinez had a single and a walk and scored two runs."
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August 1, 1991 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
House investigators castigated federal agencies Wednesday for failing to take steps that might have reduced damage from two train derailments that have caused toxic spills in the Sacramento River and the Ventura area. Rep. Barbara Boxer (D-Greenbrae) called it an outrage that the government does not consider the substance that killed 200,000 fish in the Sacramento River a hazardous chemical, although the Coast Guard classifies it as a dangerous marine pollutant.
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December 19, 1992 | JAMES MAIELLA JR., SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Three men were killed and another seriously injured Friday afternoon when an Amtrak train slammed into their van at an unguarded crossing near the Ventura County community of Moorpark, dragging the vehicle more than a quarter of a mile, authorities said. The bright yellow van had stopped on the tracks at a private crossing just east of Balcom Canyon Road and California 118 for an unknown reason, authorities said.
NEWS
August 5, 1991
The last debris from a derailed Southern Pacific freight train was cleared from the crash site Sunday and state officials prepared to reopen old Pacific Coast Highway today beneath a U.S. 101 overpass. Air samples taken Sunday showed no trace of hydrazine vapors in the area of the wreckage, authorities said, but the site remained cordoned off and trains traveling on the reopened tracks were held to 10 m.p.h.
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September 13, 2000 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An Oxnard man was killed Tuesday afternoon on his 58th birthday when his car was struck by an Amtrak passenger train at an unprotected railroad crossing, authorities said. Ramon Jasso Pina had picked pimentos all day and was leaving his job at Filer Farms in the La Colonia area when the crash occurred shortly before 3 p.m.
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November 6, 2000 | GAIL DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rail traffic resumed Sunday morning after a train-truck collision a day earlier caused an Amtrak train to derail, killed one man and critically injured another. Julio Corona Munoz, 23, of Ventura, remained unconscious and in critical condition Sunday after suffering severe head injuries in the accident. The northbound Amtrak train broadsided the truck in which Munoz was a passenger as the vehicle crossed the tracks on a private farm road.
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November 5, 2000 | STEVE CHAWKINS and JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One man died and another was critically injured Saturday when an Amtrak train collided with a truck and jumped off the tracks in an agricultural field near here. Twenty-eight train passengers and one crew member sustained minor injuries in the crash, the latest and most serious in a series of train accidents at unprotected rural railroad crossings in Ventura County. "The train was going 69 miles an hour and you just can't stop these things on a dime," said Sean Strong, the conductor.
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September 13, 2000 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An Oxnard man was killed Tuesday afternoon on his 58th birthday when his car was struck by an Amtrak passenger train at an unprotected railroad crossing, authorities said. Ramon Jasso Pina had picked pimentos all day and was leaving his job at Filer Farms in the La Colonia area when the crash occurred shortly before 3 p.m.
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January 10, 2000 | CATHERINE BLAKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In November, it was a driver trying to beat the train at night. In July, it was an evangelist preaching to someone on the other side of the tracks. Before that, it was the driver of a tractor-trailer at an unprotected railroad crossing. In Ventura County, 13 people were killed by trains in 1998. In all these cases, there were other, less-publicized victims--the engineers at the controls.
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November 9, 1999 | TONY LYSTRA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Amtrak collision that killed a 24-year-old Saticoy woman last weekend is the third accident this year between a train and a vehicle on a private road in Ventura County and comes at a time when rail industry officials are debating the merits of reducing the number of such crossings. The crossings often have no signals or safety gates and are located in rural areas where people are not used to watching out for speeding locomotives, said the head of a statewide rail safety group.
NEWS
July 12, 1998 | JENNIFER HAMM and KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The driver of a tractor-trailer died and a farm worker was critically injured Saturday after a Seattle-bound Amtrak train rammed into the bed of the big rig at an unprotected railroad crossing, authorities said. The crash, east of Hitch Boulevard at the Ronald Reagan Freeway, sparked a blaze outside the train's locomotive that briefly skittered across the freeway in an agricultural area of Moorpark.
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July 30, 1991 | GARY GORMAN and JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 10-mile stretch of U.S. 101--one of Southern California's main north-south arteries--may reopen late today, officials said Monday as emergency crews began the arduous task of cleaning up a hazardous chemical that spilled during a train derailment here Sunday.
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August 4, 1991 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As heavy machines dragged away most of the remaining wreckage from a Southern Pacific train that derailed on a Ventura Freeway overpass, residents returned to the beach houses Saturday that they were forced to leave six days earlier. Truckers and crane operators, wearing only work clothes, speedily moved tons of twisted rail cars, avoiding the remaining hydrazine hot spots, which had been fenced off and covered with sand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1998 | JENNIFER HAMM and KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The driver of a tractor-trailer died and a farm worker was seriously injured Saturday when a Seattle-bound Amtrak passenger train rammed into the bed of the big rig at an unguarded railroad crossing. The 11:37 a.m. crash, east of Hitch Boulevard at California 118, sparked a blaze that skittered onto the freeway in an agricultural area of Moorpark, but firefighters quickly contained it. The collision also closed the freeway between Somis and Tierra Rejada roads for five hours.
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August 15, 1997 | LISA FERNANDEZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Randall Washington didn't want to lose his souped-up Ford Bronco. So what if the sports utility vehicle was stuck on some railroad tracks, and a 6,000-foot, 3,000-ton freight train was barreling its way? A Simi Valley police officer had tried numerous times to get the 32-year-old man to abandon the gleaming white Bronco--covered with chrome detailing and custom parts--but Washington refused again and again, desperately trying to roll the vehicle free.
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