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Mother killed by train after freeing 2-year-old stuck on tracks [Updated]

October 9, 2011 |  7:46 am

Woman Killed Trying to Save Toddler From Train

A woman was killed by a Metrolink train in Riverside on Saturday evening, but managed to push her 2-year-old daughter to safety.

The mother, whose name has not been released, was pushing her daughter in a stroller on Mary Street approaching the tracks at about 6:58 p.m. Saturday, when the railroad safety arms came down, signaling that a train was approaching, said Lt. Jaybee Brennan of the Riverside Police Department.

[Updated at 9:33 a.m.: Riverside County coroner's officials identified the woman as Susan Dibene, 33, of Riverside].

She attempted to cross the tracks ahead of the train anyway, but the stroller got stuck. The mother was able to free the stroller and push the child out of the path of the oncoming train, but she was struck.

The woman died at the scene. The child was taken to Riverside County Hospital and has been released uninjured to her grandmother, Brennan said.

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 Photo: Scene near railroad tracks. Credit: KTLA News.

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