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Unclear why teenagers hit by Metrolink train in Orange County were near tracks

September 9, 2010 |  8:50 am

Two teenage boys were killed and one teen girl was injured Thursday morning when they were struck by a Metrolink train in southern Orange County, sheriff’s officials said.

The incident took place just before 6:15 a.m. along an isolated area of tracks near Alicia Parkway and Via Fabricante in northern Mission Viejo, near the 5 Freeway, said Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino.

The crash did not occur at a rail crossing.

“They were killed instantly,” Amormino said of the two males, who are either 18 or 19 years of age.

The female, also 18 or 19, called 911 and told authorities she was thrown back as a result of the impact from Metrolink train 603, which was traveling north from Oceanside to Los Angeles.

She was transported with moderate injuries to Mission Hospital, said Mike Yeun, a firefighter with the Orange County Fire Authority.

“Why the teenagers were on the tracks is still under investigation,” Amormino said. “It’s still unclear what they were doing.”

Authorities are looking into whether the teens were walking on the tracks or camping there.

The sheriff’s accident reconstruction team has arrived at the accident scene, said Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Jim England.

Some Metrolink train service between L.A. and Orange County has been canceled and some passengers are being diverted to Amtrak trains.

Commuters trying to get between the Irvine and Laguna Niguel stations are being diverted on a bus bridge while sheriff’s deputies conduct an investigation. Commuters can expect delays.

-- Rong-Gong Lin II

Photo: An Orange County sheriff's deputy walks near train tracks at the Alicia Parkway undercrossing, where three teens where struck by a Metrolink commuter train. Credit: Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times