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Woman killed by Metrolink train in Orange in apparent suicide [Updated]

December 29, 2011 |  9:15 am

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

A woman was struck and killed by a Metrolink train Thursday morning in Orange, authorities said.

The incident occurred on the Inland Empire/Orange County line at 6:23 a.m. just north of Heim Avenue. A southbound Metrolink train was traveling parallel to Orange Olive Road when the train operator spotted the woman walking on the tracks toward the train, said Lt. Dave Hill, a spokesman for the Orange Police Department.

Metrolink declined to comment on whether the engineer sounded the train's horn or tried to stop.

Authorities said the death appeared to be a suicide.

"It does not appear to be an accident at all," Hill said. "All evidence leads us to believe it was the intentions of this woman."

About 175 passengers were on board, half the normal capacity due to the train's "holiday light" schedule, said Metrolink spokeswoman Laura Magness. All passengers were transported by bus to the Orange station.

The accident caused minor delays during the morning commute. At least four other train schedules were affected, Magness said.

The track was expected to be reopened shortly.

[Updated, 9:25 p.m.: The woman was identified Thursday night by the Orange County coroner's office as Hoang Nguyen, 43, of Orange.]

[For the record, 5:27 p.m. Dec. 29: A previous version of this post incorrectly said Metrolink declined to comment on whether the conductor sounded the train's horn or tried to stop. The engineer operates the train, not the conductor.]


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