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Off-roader killed by passenger train

February 18, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

GLAMIS — A 20-year-old Chino man off-roading with family and friends was killed Sunday when he was struck by an Amtrak passenger train.

Authorities this morning were attempting to determine why the man, Michael Black, laid down on the tracks and whether he was conscious as the high-speed train approached.

The incident occurred at 5:30 a.m. along Wash Road in the Glamis area.

County Sheriff's Office officials said this morning they were trying to determine whether it was an accidental death.

They said according to the train conductor, Black was lying on the tracks and did not move as the train approached. The conductor said the train's horn was blown to try to gain the man's attention but he did not move.

The conductor said the train's brakes were applied but there was no way to stop the large train in time.

Black's quad was parked just a few feet from where he was struck.


Authorities were going to do a toxicology test to determine whether Black had any drugs or alcohol in his system when he was killed.

After Black was struck, local authorities held the Amtrak train for four hours as they attempted to investigate the case.

Officials said the train was traveling from Florida to Los Angeles.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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