04/27/2012 04:05 PM by Shelby Rhodes
The man killed near Guadalupe on April 18 when his car was hit by an Amtrak train, backed his car directly onto the tracks as the train came extremely close, according to the California Highway Pat… Click to Read More and see additional updates
04/27/2012 04:05 PM by Shelby Rhodes
The man killed near Guadalupe on April 18 when his car was hit by an Amtrak train, backed his car directly onto the tracks as the train came extremely close, according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP made the determination after reviewing an audio/video recording of the incident from Pacific/Amtrak. Antonio Ortiz, 26, died at the scene. His one-year-old daughter, Azulmi, died later that night.
According to CHP, Ortiz's car was stopped close to the train threshold just east of the railroad crossing as the train traveled southbound. The engineer sounded the horn multiple times as the train approached the crossing. CHP said when the train was within 500-1,000 feet, Ortiz backed his car directly onto the tracks and stopped. The engineer applied the train's emergency brake, but did not have enough time to stop. Video shows the train hitting the left rear passenger door of Ortiz's car, throwing both Ortiz and his daughter out of the car.
04/19/2012 05:12 PM by Caroline Lowe (KO)
Investigators are still trying to figure out why a young Santa Maria father backed his car onto a railroad track, smashing into an amtrak passenger train. The CHP says a preliminary investigation showed the father did not have a driver's license.
The collision happened Wednesday afternoon just off Highway 1 near Division Road north of Guadalupe.
The father, Antonio Garcia Ortiz, 26, died at the scene. His one-year-old daughter, Azulmi Garcia Montealegre, died several hours later at Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria.
Investigators say they will soon review video from a camera mounted on the front of the train the captured the crash, which they believe will give them a clear idea of what happened.
04/19/2012 12:20 AM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News
Two Santa Maria residents are dead after a Amtrak train crashed into their car.
The California Highway Patrol says the baby girl, who was taken to the hospital after the accident, died.
It happened Wednesday afternoon on Highway 1 near Division Road near Guadalupe.
Amtrak says the train was heading from Seattle to Los Angeles. After further investigation the CHP reported that the driver, Antonio Garcia, 25, had backed his car onto the track directly in front of the train.
Both passengers were ejected from the car. Ortiz was killed immediately.
The Coast Starlight train heading from Seattle to Los Angeles, which was carrying 132 passengers, started up again just before 8:30 Wednesday night.
04/18/2012 11:37 PM by Ariel Wesler
A Santa Maria man is dead and his daughter is in the hospital after an Amtrak train crashed into their car.
It happened around 4:15 Wednesday afternoon on Highway 1 near Division Road, not far from Guadalupe.
Amtrak says it was Coast Starlight train heading from Seattle to Los Angeles. Investigators are trying to figure out what the car was doing there.
We don't know her condition but family members say she is around one-year-old. She was taken to Marian Medical Center. Relatives say the man in the car was her father, Antonia Garcia, 25, from Santa Maria, who worked in the broccoli fields with his wife.
Family members say Antonio Garcia had left work early to take his one year old daughter to a doctor's appointment.
"He came to pick up his wife and unfortunately this happened," said Miguel Moreno, a relative.
An Amtrak train carrying 132 passengers collided with the vehicle, killing Garcia and sending his daughter to the hospital.
"The vehicle possibly backed into the oncoming train," said Sgt. Anthony Perry with the Santa Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office.
"It's very difficult right now. His family is suffering," Moreno said.
Although he never met him, Moreno says Garcia emigrated from Mexico.
"He came here looking for a better life, and it just ended," he said.
Officials say signs permitted the car to cross where it did.
"If it's not a highway, then they're not required to have barricades for trains," Perry said.
But his family feels more needs to be done to prevent another deadly incident.
"Hopefully this doesn't happen to another person here," Moreno said. They should put more signs here to prevent people from crossing when the train's crossing."
No one onboard the train was injured, but passengers were left sitting on the tracks for four hours while the investigation unfolded all around them.
The train started up again just before 8:30 Wednesday night.
Stay with KSBY News and KSBY.com for more on this developing story.
04/18/2012 05:43 PM by Shelby Rhodes
A man is dead and a child has been hospitalized after an Amtrak train collided with a car Wednesday near Guadalupe, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department.
It happened around 4:15 near Highway 1 and Division Road, north of Guadalupe. The Sheriff's Department said the man driving the car was on his way to pick up his wife who works in a field nearby, when for some reason he crashed into the train. A child inside the vehicle was thrown from the car and taken to the hospital.
The Sheriff's Department is waiting for the coroner to arrive on scene. It is unclear if the woman waiting for her husband witnessed the crash.
04/18/2012 05:14 PM by Shelby Rhodes
At least one person is dead after an Amtrak train crashed into a vehicle near Guadalupe Wednesday, according to our KSBY News crew on scene.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash happened around 4:15 p.m. An emergency helicopter has been called in to help.
Stay with KSBY.com and be sure to watch KSBY News at 6 p.m. for a live report on this developing story.
04/18/2012 04:41 PM by Courtney Meznarich
The California Highway Patrol and Santa Barbara County Fire crews are responding to a report that an Amtrak train has crashed into a vehicle near Guadalupe.
The crash happened around 4:15 p.m. An emergency helicopter has been called in to help.
Stay with KSBY.com and be sure to watch KSBY News at 5 p.m. for the latest on this developing story.
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