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Second person fatally hit by Southern California train

Hours after a freight train struck a pedestrian in Oceanside and crippled commuter train traffic in Orange County, another line was suspended Wednesday when a Metrolink train struck and killed someone in Covina.

Metrolink spokeswoman Angie Starr said the train was traveling from San Bernardino and was due to arrive at Union Station in Los Angeles at 11:10 a.m. The victim, whom Starr called "a trespasser," died at the scene.

None of the 145 passengers were injured, Starr said.

The train remained on the tracks an hour after the accident and was blocking the intersection of Glendora and Glenn avenues in Covina, Starr said. Covina police and L.A. County emergency crews were at the scene and buses were being used to transport the train passengers.

-- Kate Linthicum

 
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Angie Starr should be replaced. That was a human being that she so coldly described as a "trespasser". What a horrible example of a spokseperson.

Metrolink ought to train their spokesperson. Angie Starr didn't have to badmouth the victim to protect Metrolink's interests. Dismissing the dead person as "a trespasser" is insensitive beyond belief. Ms. Starr, a verbal trespasser who strayed well beyond the border line separating indecency from decency, needs to go back to school to learn what "public relations" means.

Ms. Starr, that "trespasser" was a living breathing person not an object that inconvenienced your day. Step down and get a job where you don't have to work with people if you cannot show respect. I will do no more business with metrolink.

I completely agree with the other 2 comments. This statement is beyond insensitive and maybe Metrolink, which has killed quite a few people in the last few years needs to re-consider how it runs its trains and re-look at its safety record and what it does to protect pedestrians and other vehicles. Maybe slow down/stop at each intersection, or build/pay for overpasses so people don't have to cross the railroad tracks to get form one side to the other. I don't think this "tresspasser" wanted to die today.

A person who "trespasses" onto train/Metrolink property is a "trespasser." It is not dismissive to the person who died to describe their actions as trespassing, and thus the person as a trespasser.

If you are on the tracks, you are a trespasser. Railroad property is private property, just like your home. If you are where you don't belong, you are trespassing. What would you call someone walking through you backyard?

The woman who died was on railroad property without permission and got hit by a train, either voluntarily or involuntarily.

She's a trespasser.

To the previous poster who suggested the train stop at each crossing, please study up on your physics. A train weighs several hundred thousand pounds, and is incapable of stopping quickly. If it stopped every 200 yards, it would take 4 or 5 hours to travel from south Orange County to Los Angeles. Keep in mind that many people are killed not at crossings, but on sections of track far from streets. Many of the people who choose to step or drive in front of the train are doing so to commit suicide, with no regard to who may be killed or hurt inside the train. Yes, crossing gates sometimes fail, but the safety systems we have in place should prevent nearly all car and pedestrian deaths if people on the ground would just obey the signals and posted signs. And be sure to crack open a history book, too, because in regard to the crossings themselves, much of the track that Metrolink runs on was established before the invention of the automobile, so it may be the fault of the original roadbuilders, and not the train operators, that has created a situation in which cars and trains must cross each other.

The woman who trespassed was my mother. It was a perfect day. . . we just don't know why?

The trespasser was my mother. Angie is not at fault because she was just stating the facts. But I know it sounds harsh, that's just how media reports things. Ive gone to the site a few times to find the man who saw her, but i still cant find him.


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