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June 18, 2007 | Myron Levin and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
A car whose driver apparently ignored lowered crossing gates was struck and thrown 75 feet by a Metrolink train Sunday afternoon in Covina, killing the man and his niece, and seriously injuring the man's 12-year-old daughter. None of the approximately 160 passengers or crew members aboard the four-car passenger train were injured. The train was on its way from Los Angeles to Riverside, said Sgt. John Curley of the Covina Police Department.
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NATIONAL
May 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A freight train carrying segments of the space shuttle's solid rocket boosters derailed near Myrtlewood after a recently repaired trestle collapsed over boggy ground, authorities said. Six people on board were injured, one critically. NASA said it had not been determined whether the shuttle equipment was damaged. But space agency spokesman Allard Beutel said the accident should not delay any shuttle launches this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A New Orleans-bound Amtrak train that originated in Los Angeles derailed Wednesday afternoon, but no injuries were reported, said Ontario Fire Department spokesman Jacob Green. The train had just made a stop and was traveling about 10 mph when a car slipped off the track. Most of the 182 passengers and workers on the train were put on buses and driven back to Los Angeles. Green said the incident apparently was caused by a track problem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 23-year-old woman was killed when she was struck by a Blue Line train Saturday south of downtown Los Angeles, authorities said. Firefighters inflated massive air bags to lift the train off the woman and allow investigators to recover her body, said D'Lisa Davies, an L.A. Fire Department spokeswoman. No one else was injured, Davies said. The woman was identified as Maxmiliana Gomez of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2007 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
A Metro Rail train out of Los Angeles collided with a sport utility vehicle in downtown Long Beach on Friday morning, disrupting traffic and sending at least one person to the hospital for observation, authorities said. The accident occurred about 9:30 a.m. at Long Beach Boulevard and 7th Street. "The driver of the SUV tried to make an illegal left turn onto oncoming traffic on a one-way street," said Will Nash, a Long Beach Fire Department spokesman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Passengers aboard a southbound Metrolink commuter train were delayed for more than an hour Thursday when the train hit an 18-wheel truck that was stuck on the tracks. There were no injuries, and the damage was minor, authorities said. The accident occurred about 6:30 p.m. near Lincoln and Fairhaven avenues after the truck tried to make a turn on the tracks, Sgt. E. McManus of the Santa Ana Police Department said.
NATIONAL
January 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Chicago Transit Authority has fired five employees for failing to recognize poor track conditions before a subway train derailed in the summer, sending about 150 passengers to the hospital, the agency said. The fired employees include two track inspectors, their foreman, an engineer and a track-maintenance manager responsible for overseeing the section of track involved. Their actions put customers and other workers at risk, said Frank Kruesi, president of the transit authority.
NATIONAL
January 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Four runaway rail cars traveled 20 miles before hitting two parked locomotives, causing a chemical fire near Irvine that prompted an evacuation and orders that others stay indoors. The crash released "a toxic cloud" of butyl acetate, a flammable liquid, from a burning tanker car, authorities said. The fire produced a huge column of black smoke, and a section of the Kentucky River caught fire. No injuries were reported, authorities said.
NATIONAL
January 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A subway train derailed near downtown Washington, necessitating the rescue of 60 people from a tunnel and sending 20 people to the hospital, officials said. About 150 people were on the train, officials said, and at least one person was seriously injured. The other injuries were mostly "bumps and bruises," officials said, and one of those with reportedly minor injuries was pregnant. The accident happened about 3:45 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Blue Line commuter train Friday afternoon, a transit official said. The incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. as the southbound train approached Spring Street at Del Mar Avenue, said Helen Gilstrap, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The male victim was not identified. The Blue Line was closed for more than two hours while police investigated the incident.
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