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Police looking at case of O.C. man struck by trains twice in two weeks

February 24, 2010 |  8:24 am

Man Struck by Trains Twice in 2 WeeksIrvine police Wednesday morning continued to investigate the case of a man who was struck by a Metrolink train Tuesday morning in Irvine -- two weeks after he was struck by another Metrolink train in Laguna Niguel.

In the Tuesday incident, the man suffered injuries to his hand and arm, the Irvine Police Department said. He suffered more serious injuries in the Laguna Niguel incident.

"That's a bit peculiar," Irvine Police Lt. John Hare told The Times, referring to the two accidents within two weeks.

He said that the man's injuries were not life-threatening and that he was expected to undergo a mental evaluation at a local hospital. His name was not released.

In Laguna Niguel, the man was dragged 87 feet by a Metrolink train. According to the Orange County Register, his left hand was cut off at his wrist.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department talked to his family after that incident and believe it was an accident. The Register quoted a deputy as saying the man didn't indicate he was trying to take his own life.

-- Robert J. Lopez and Shelby Grad

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