UPDATED: Metrolink Train Kills Man in Apparent Suicide

Rails are shut down after the accident. The identity of the victim has not been released.

A Metrolink train heading south today through Capistrano Beach struck and killed a man about 12:15 p.m. in a probable suicide, officials say.

The call to rescue personnel came in at 12:21, said Kris Concepcion of the Orange County Fire Authority. The man was dead when rescuers arrived about 10 minutes later, he said.

Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said witnesses told deputies the man was standing on the tracks. The engineer saw the man, sounded the train whistle, and initiated the brakes, but the man jumped directly in front of the train, Amormino said.

The incident occurred near Beach Road, said Metrolink spokeswoman Sherita Coffelt. A haz-mat crew was on the scene shortly after the accident.

Coffelt said the train was No. 851 out of the Inland Empire headed to Oceanside.

No one on the train was injured.

The rails are closed and passengers left the train to get on buses to Oceanside shortly after 2 p.m., according to the Metrolink website.

As of 3:45 p.m., Pacific Coast Highway was closed and police were re-routing traffic along Camino Capistrano.

OC Line Train 641 will be replaced with bus service from Oceanside to Fullerton due to an earlier incident from train 851, according to a tweet from Metrolink.

Clint Worthington March 13, 2012 at 02:39 AM
If there is ever a doubt, each road locomotive is equipped with a camera that also records outside sound. It has been a little over five years since a young woman without a drivers license drove around the warning devices into my train with her young child in the back seat. It still haunts me five years later. Adam, yourself and Penny do a great job of reporting.
George March 13, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Adam does a great job! Thank You!
Arthur March 13, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Adam you guys are awesome.... I'm not really sure the train went off the track and got this guy, then got back on the tracks, and the "train yard goons" told cops otherwise.
jeff s March 13, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Train suicides are super common. I don't doubt this story. Even if it was an accident, it's not a conspiracy.. This time.. The train is part of life here, ain't changing anytime soon. My kids and family are well aware of the danger. All need to be..
Tom Berney March 13, 2012 at 02:54 PM
A large snow bank with no commuter warning arms, with four tracks running, and running with fellow cadets after graduating to catch a train ON a platform, my nephew was hit and killed, now that's a tragedy!! We are blessed here by having every safety precautions in place, my sister has made changes in the great lakes area, Trains here are like the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, a place to go when all hope is lost and the pain of another day is so incredibly unbearable, this is the sad reality.
george gregory March 13, 2012 at 05:18 PM
how sad, nobody notices the victim needs to prevent the accident or suicide I guess the delay of train commuters is a form of traffic jam most car users face every day , still the train is a great way to travel and is very seldom delayed
Susie Hutto March 13, 2012 at 06:03 PM
This whole incident is heartbreaking. while the train may be to some a great way to travel, i don't share that feeling. It's an organization run by insensitive morons who think they are above the law. Just stating my opinion.
EW March 13, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Another selfish act that disrupts every train traveling between here and San Diego. I have a message or those of you who want to commit suicide on the train tracks: your me-centric act will be another "copy cat" because the compassion and patience of commuters is pretty much exhausted and most are livid after sitting for 2-3 hours on a train that is not moving because of selfish people like YOU. Parents get stressed when they have to pick up their children at day care or school, morning commuters become stressed because their job could be on the line if they are late too many times and someone with a health issue could be in danger if they are stranded too long. For the "wannabe suicider" let me suggest that you pay a visit to a hospice and spend time with a patient who has an advanced stage of cancer that is terminal. People who are in hospice or receiving in-home hospice care don't have much time left on this earth, most are in constant physical agony (and take morphine to get through the day), they don't have any choice over that or life and death and can no longer control their bodily functions; and they will never see their children or grandchildren graduate from high school, go to college or get married but will miss out on those events in life. Next time you (wannabe suicider) want to boo-hoo about life or not having a job think about someone who is in hospice that would give anything to trade places with pitiful sorry you. Now get off the tracks, whiner!!!
Susie Hutto March 13, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I can't believe how people can be so cruel and say the things they do about such a sad, tragic incident. Maybe u don't have issues, have a job and life is a bowl of cherries....BUT get off the holier than thou attitude and don't judge unless yoy've walked a day in someone less fortunate's shoes.
John W. Grover, MD March 13, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I was a passenger on the train following the one that hit the pedestrian; we were held up for more than an hour before we had any idea of what had happened. It is sad when someone feels so poorly about their life that they will commit suicide, and even sadder still when they, in their emotional distress, involve innocent others in the process. We need lots of forgivness here. And thanks for the bus ride back to San Diego.
Susie Hutto March 13, 2012 at 11:39 PM
OMG! Dr. Grover is one of the few here who shows compassion and BP calls him a dumb dr? BP why r u still looking at crossing signal failure? The accident did not happen where there were crossing signals! Duh! Now who's dumb??
BP March 14, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Coast Hwy & Palisades Dr, Dana Point, Orange, California 92624 Google map shows the sidewalk arms had no arms in the equipment like 6 months ago. This a quiet zone whistle-free crossing?
Adam Townsend March 14, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Thanks Lyda and Clint. We at Patch all work hard to cover the news, but I appreciate BP's comment in the sense that it allows me to explain my decisions and reporting process, making the site more transparent. Please feel free to raise any concern you have with our reporting. You see my number above, and all my contact info is available on this site.
Adam Townsend March 14, 2012 at 05:49 AM
Only the two crossings at North Beach in San Clemente are designated quiet zones: http://sanclemente.patch.com/articles/train-whistles-could-be-quiet-in-sc-in-18-months The crossing near where the accident happened was not technically part of San Clemente. Officially, it's Capistrano Beach, part of Dana Point.
Rob March 14, 2012 at 05:51 AM
I find it profoundly grotesque that individuals like EW and BP choose a time like this to make their cowardly statements of bravado and ignorance. BFD, people were inconvenienced, my family just lost a loved one that was in desperate need of help an sadly we find-out just how profound his pain was with his untimely death. At this very moment, the only solace I could find would be meeting-up with you both and expressing my deep disappointment that either of you find it necessary to act like such insensitive jack-asses. Of course, I highly doubt my expressions would be of a verbal nature. I pray nothing this horrific ever happens to you or your family. At least not before I have an opportunity to work an apology out of you both.
BP March 14, 2012 at 06:29 AM
Thanks Adam. I didn't see any "w" whistle signs marking where the train horns start. For 90 mph trains the signs should be around 1/2 mile away along the tracks on both sides of the crossing.
Clint Worthington March 14, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Not necessarily at all. The section along Beach Road does not have a 90 mph speed limit for passenger trains or freight trains. In fact, the speed limit is about half of that. The whistle rule (two longs, a short, and a long) for California states essentially that the whistle must be used no more than 45 seconds and no less than 15 seconds before any public or private crossing (Quiet Zones excepted). For trains traveling below 45 mph, the whistle rule changes even more.
Clint Worthington March 14, 2012 at 06:47 AM
This crossing does have crossing gates.
Clint Worthington March 14, 2012 at 07:00 AM
The track is only rated at 90 MPH between MP 200.3 and MP 203.7. Heading southbound at MP 200.3 the speed limit is 45 MPH. Continuing further south at MP 203.7 the speed is reduced further to 40 MPH. These speeds quoted are for passenger trains and not freight. Just because a track is rated at 90 MPH does not mean the train will travel at 90 MPH. You must take into consideration, the distance needed to accelerate from 45 MPH at MP 200.3 and the be ability to slow down to 40 MPH by MP 203.7. Of course, you must also take into play all fuel conservation rules. For freight trains on the BNSF it is notch 5 at 55. Which means that anytime that you are over 55 MPH you cannot have throttle higher than notch 5 to conserve fuel. As for BNSF drafting private trains on the taxpayers nickel. I am not quite sure what that means, but BNSF is a private company that Warren Buffet purchased and took the company private. It is not taxpayer owned.
BP March 14, 2012 at 07:17 AM
http://www.nrc.uscg.mil/reports/rwservlet?standard_web+inc_seq=1005506 Railroad Involved: METROLINK Train Number: SCAX863 Train Type: COMMUTER Train Direction: E Train Speed: 67 Track Speed: 90 Locomotives: 1 Cars: 5 Derailed: 0 So Joe Blow called the National Response Center and not the railroad operators?
BP March 14, 2012 at 07:28 AM
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:uppdQT_3YBMJ:www.danapoint.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx%3Fdocumentid%3D4387+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us According to this the tax-payers were ripped big time for the quiet zone.
BP March 14, 2012 at 07:37 AM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cts=1331710577207&ved=0CCkQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.danapoint.org%2FModules%2FShowDocument.aspx%3Fdocumentid%3D4387&ei=AEdgT_KyCoTxggeum7X9Cw&usg=AFQjCNGUK6NjKRAoiGP8dNLoTOO8rPI8Sg&sig2=rm-mObw-UfEeea9yFCoDlQ This works better.
BP March 14, 2012 at 07:56 AM
Coast Hwy & Palisades Dr, Dana Point, Orange, California 92624 Yes the crossing has gates for vehicles but sitting the Google map token down in the crossing (August 2011 born on date) there are three sets of sidewalk arms missing. The mechanical parts are showing but the arms themselves are MIA.
BP March 14, 2012 at 08:18 AM
Or Clint Worthington you can go into the Federal Rail-bought Association safety data for the inventory. Seems like the railroad hasn't updated in 5 years and the state people have been sleeping for 20 years since the last traffic count. Street or Road Name: BEACH ROAD Crossing No.: 026794K Effective Begin-Date of Record:04/10/07 Avg Passenger Train Count: 34 Total Trains: 42 Typical Speed Range Over Crossing: From 55 to 90 mph Maximum Time Table Speed: 90
Clint Worthington March 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM
The railroad is not required to contact a National Response Center. You can check with the CPUC and FRA. The railroad is only required to contact them.
Clint Worthington March 14, 2012 at 10:10 PM
So, what are you saying?
Tom Berney March 15, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Rob I'm sorry for your loss, I would just not care where I was going or how important it was, my only thought would be of sorrow for the person and his Family, A few self centered people my only think of themselves but very few, Ignore that kid that wasn't even close to the signal arms, and if one ever failed we'd know about it.
Adam Townsend March 15, 2012 at 10:19 PM
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BP March 16, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Well Clint ---90 mph track ---quiet zone crossing ---missing sidewalk arms---killer railroads steals the evidence if need be---
BP March 18, 2012 at 03:12 PM
...signal arms...and if one ever failed we'd know about it...How? The remote monitors aren't linked to the police like they should be and the railroad tells OUR cops anything. What is the update here?


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