Orange County Incidents and Accidents Anaheim July 2003
Story and Photographs Copyright 2005
by Richard Elgenson, RailNews Network
One mid-summer day, I had to run an
errand to my Credit Union Anaheim and drove through the
Angel (nee Edison Field, nee Anaheim) Stadium parking lot. While
walking from my car to the Credit
Union, I heard a siren, but thought nothing about it until on my way
back to the office, I spotted an ambulance in the Staduim lot very
close to and east of the Amtrak Station. I quickly drove back to the
retrieved a camera to record this interesting scene.
Upon closer examination, I saw an
upside down SUV across the Surfline tracks and California Highway
Patrol on scene. Soon a northbound Surfliner pulled up to a stop
with the engineer
detraining to ground level to confer with CHP and other
officials. While he pulled out towards Los Angeles, a southbound
Surfliner also came into the station and left promptly.
Judginng by the condition and
location of the
SUV, it had to have come from the California Route 57 freeway.
Above left, notice the right-of-way
fence hit by the SUV after it
exited the freeway. Below left, man at CHP cruiser with bandage
around his head. Possibly the SUV driver? This was not a
tow truck showed up. The operator dragged the SUV across both
sets of rails.
A Metrolink inspector was standing by
to check the
track condition. I took a number of videos of the car dragged
across the tracks. It was a spectacle that I had never witnessed