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Woman dead in Guadalupe train vs. vehicle crash

Woman dead in Guadalupe train vs. vehicle crash

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A Guadalupe woman who apparently tried to dodge a northbound Amtrak train, according to Guadalupe Police Chief Gary Hoving and the train's engineer, was killed Monday afternoon when the train clipped her SUV.

The body of 74-year-old Gloria Nunez remained in the vehicle next to the tracks at 4575 W. Main St. in Guadalupe on Monday afternoon, as emergency first responders waited for the Santa Barbara County sheriff's coroner to arrive. There were no other people in the vehicle.

"She tried to go through the gate," Hoving said from the scene of the crash, where the small, silver Saturn SUV rested on the driver's side alongside the tracks next to the passenger train.

Numerous people could be seen peering out windows from inside the train as police officers used crime scene tape to cordon off the area as they waited for the coroner to arrive and confirm the woman was deceased.

The car remained on the tracks while the California Highway Patrol investigated the crash, and Main Street where it meets Obispo Street near the Apio Inc. cold storage facility and Highway 1 on the west side of the train tracks remained closed for about three hours, Hoving said.

The Amtrak passenger train collided with the SUV just after 3 p.m., and upon impact, spun the vehicle off the tracks and onto its side, according to County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni.

Hoving added that preliminary information indicates the woman's SUV was clipped by the train after she went around the railroad's crossing arm, which appeared to be pushed back by the force of some type of impact.

Responding agencies included Guadalupe and Santa Barbara County fire departments, Sheriff's Office and AMR.

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