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Conductor Stops Train Short of Stolen Car Crash + 3 Ejected in San Timoteo

The crash occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when a man in a stolen car tried to pass another vehicle on San Timoteo Canyon Road east of Redlands Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Three people were injured Wednesday when a stolen car overturned onto Union Pacific tracks in San Timoteo Canyon and a train conductor managed to stop short of the wreck and the ejected occupants, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The stolen car driver was high on meth, according to the CHP.

The crash occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. when Angel Morales, 20, was allegedly driving a stolen Honda Civic and tried to pass another vehicle on San Timoteo Canyon Road, just east of Redlands Boulevard, CHP Sgt. Randy Costello said in a phone interview.

Witnesses said Morales was driving west at a high rate of speed when he tried to pass a slower-moving vehicle on a curve and crossed over double yellow lines, CHP Officer Darren Meyer said in a statement.

Morales lost control of the vehicle as it overturned onto the north shoulder, and he and both his passengers were ejected from the vehicle onto Union Pacific railroad tracks, Meyer said.

"The conductor of an approaching freight train witnessed the collision and was able to stop the train just a few hundred feet from the bodies and damaged car on the tracks," Meyer said.

Neither Morales nor his passengers, Richard Morales and an unidentified female, were wearing seatbelts, Meyer said. They were transported by ambulance to Riverside County Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, Meyer said.

Angel Morales was arrested at the hospital for felony driving under the influence of methamphetamine and driving a stolen vehicle, Meyer said.

The Honda was reported stolen from Rialto earlier Wednesday, according to the Highway Patrol.

The crash, emergency response, and investigation closed San Timoteo Canyon Road for about three hours and disrupted Union Pacific railroad traffic for about two hours, Meyer said.

The incident was being investigated by CHP Officer William Strom. Anyone with further information was urged to the CHP San Gorgonio office in Beaumont at (951) 769-2000.

yyy August 02, 2012 at 12:49 AM
To concerned citizen Wishing try were ran over is pretty sad when only one subject was staged that way maybe if you ate your wheeties you could had moved faster then the collapsed male you could had removed the girl before the other and put her with the other on the track seems to me that's a gullible accusation considering it to be true
yyy August 02, 2012 at 12:58 AM
A who says there was no driver seem you were or could be a witness to a. Murder being conductor gave a statement o f being found on the scene removing victem or staging him
Mariana Zuelsdorf August 02, 2012 at 08:36 AM
What?
ATC August 02, 2012 at 03:21 PM
What?
Greg M August 02, 2012 at 04:14 PM
yyy -- please go back to school and complete your english classes before attempting to post again. Unfortunately, I have to agree with concerned citizen. Our jails are overflowing, the police are overwhelmed with the amount of criminals and druggies, and the bleeding hearts keep thinking we can rehabilitate the thugs. The conductor would have done us all a favor if he dispensed with these idiots who obviously have little regard for life or the rules that the rest of us try to live by. If criminals started to realize that we will no longer tolerate this behaviour, maybe we would start to see less crime. The problem is that they will be back on the street in a week. These clowns could have just as easily killed an innocent family.

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