Woman Struck By Amtrak Train Dies in Chatsworth

Sunday, January 11, 2009 |

On Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 3:54 PM, 5 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 5 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, L.A. County Sheriffs, LAPD and a Metrolink Supervisor, under the direction of Battalion Chief Richard Elder, responded to a Physical Rescue Assignment at 22360 W. Devonshire St. in the Chatsworth area.

LAFD Responds to Woman Hit By Train. © Photo by Juan Guerra. Click to view more...Firefighters responded to reports of a person struck by a train in the Chatsworth area. On arrival Firefighters found a passenger train stopped inside Tunnel 27. A request was made for all train traffic to cease for the duration of the incident. Fire companies were directed to each end of the tunnel, for the investigation. The responders were approximately 1/2 mile inside the tunnel when they came upon the injured female. The patient, 32 years old, was in was very critical condition as Paramedics tried to assess her. The injured female succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced at the scene.

The train had approximately 400 passengers on board, but none complained of injuries. The Crisis Response Team was requested by the Incident Commander. Companies remained on scene to assist with the body recovery.

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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

I was on the train and heard the banging coming from 2 of her children on the train's windows. Totally gnarly

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry this has happen but when will people learn that you are to STAY AWAY from the railroad tracks! Unless you work for the railroad. This lady would have been alive along with her friends if she wouldn't have gone into this tunnel. This could have killed them all and put a lot of other people in danger.

Anonymous said...

I was on this train when it hit the young woman. My heart goes out to her and her family. I am sure that they did not know a train was comming. She was just in the wrong place a the wrong time. Several people on the train who were in the medical profession came forward and went into the tunnel with the train crew to help the women before the firefighters arrived. They were so brave to go out and help. I am very thankful that their are people who have the goodness and the skill to help in these situations. The firefighters were also very professional - they came on the train to check on people in all the cars. There presence made me feel much more secure. There are good people in this world who help us in a crisis.

Anonymous said...

Myra Was such an amazing woman. we will miss her so much. she was such a strong figure within her family and circle of friends. people revered her and looked up to her. i am forever greatful to have ever known a wonderful woman like her. my thoughts and prayers go out to her family, especially her truly wonderful husband. May God bless them continually and hopefully this willt urn out to be a blessing. btw, the funeral was absolutely amazing, she looked beautiful.

JT said...

I'm a Filipino and my heart goes out to JayR and his girlfriend's family. The woman who died was his girlfriend's older sister. JayR is a Filipino artist, a RnB singer here in the Phil. (and he's really good). I saw the news yesterday in an entertainment program but haven't really heard the whole story so I searched for it online. All I know is that he's in Cali for a vacation and that they went hiking on January 11, 2009. According to JayR's mom, JayR, his girlfriend and all others who witnessed the tragedy were traumatized and are now undergoing a professional counseling. God bless them.

marilyn said...

according to a news from Philippine Entertainment Portal, Jay R and other hikers went inside the tunnel since they thought it was abandoned.... my condolences to Jay R and especially to his girlfriend..

Anonymous said...

JR I'm a filipina, may you can have your recovery soon.Our prayers for you..

Anonymous said...

My condolences to JayR and his gf's family. I will be praying for you all!

To those of you who might not know... they're tourists. They thought the tunnel was abandoned. So instead of saying erroneous things about the victim, why not give them respect? Thanks and God Bless you all!

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