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Victim Identified in Fatal Train Accident

Trudy Souza, 56, of Fremont, was killed in a fatal train accident Tuesday night near Railroad Avenue and H Street, according to coroner’s office.

A woman has been identified as 56-year-old Trudy Souza of Fremont, according to the Alameda County coroner’s office.

The accident occurred at about 6 p.m. near Railroad Avenue between H and J streets in Union City when a southbound train struck Souza along the tracks, officials said.

The accident did not occur at a railroad crossing, said Amtrak spokesperson Vernae Graham.

According to Graham, the accident took place six miles south of the Hayward Amtrak station and the train may not have been at full speed. Though Graham did not know the exact speed of the train, she said the authorized maximum speed limit for a train in that area is 35 miles per hour.

The train was heading from Sacramento to San Jose and was carrying 190 passengers. None suffered any injuries, Graham said.

Passengers were taken off of the train and transferred to buses to complete their trip.

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Johnny C. June 21, 2012 at 11:46 PM
God Bless Her & Her Family at this tragic time!
Jean June 22, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I HAVE NEVER SEEN THESE TRAINS GO 35 MPH! THEY FLY THOUGH HERE ALL THE TIME! GOD BLESS HER AND HER FAMILY!
Mayra Zamora June 22, 2012 at 05:45 AM
BP im with you 100% train companys shoul have other safety precautions with their millions..ppl dont get it..yea ur not suppose walk on tracks bt ppl shouldnt smoke,do drugs,commit fraud ect. but they do.i think now how can we stop these assassin machines from hurting our community n wat is going to b done to keep our communities safe...these tracks are way too close to homes,schools, parks you name it! Come on people lets fight and argue for Us the People.reguardless if she committed suicide,that is not the point.the poi.t here is to keep our loved ones safe
Pamela Welborn June 22, 2012 at 02:16 PM
When I was 19, I was on my way home on 9th street in Union City (about 1986?) on Railroad Ave and I usually turned right at E street crossing but I saw all the lights and emergency vehicles and so I went down to see.... a torso highlighted so they could take photos of it... Then as punishment for my nosiness the train that had hit the man was stopped at Whipple Rd. and I had to turn around and pass the scene AGAIN to get home. I worked for Flash 1 Hour Photo and we did the police photos, I warned my co-workers first thing the next morning what they were going to see. It's sad but unfortunately if someone's mind or body is in so much pain, they want to end it and a train is a sure way to do it. No matter what speed they come through - it's hard to stop all that weight in a hurry.
BP June 23, 2012 at 05:57 AM
These trains have video ON them to catch the event instead of video ahead of the trains to prevent the event. The railroads do nothing to keep people out and most places are rail-locked making it extremely hard on foot traffic to get from Place A to Place B. When they kill people is when they become trespassers. STEP B. --in comes the phonies from Operation Lifesaver who should be saying the same things as you. POOR---Suicide No family---Suicide No real witnesses (only cops and railroad employees count to the dirty FEDS ---All civilian witnesses are lost) Suicide The government could care less about train speeds for passengers ---Just a excuse for the freight railroads to speed through populated areas to save a few bucks on labor costs. According to the FRA the track speed limit is 40 mph and no passenger trains. The state who is supposed to keep track of traffic counts ---school buses ---road speeds--etc---last done in 1995 in the FRA inventory. http://www.nrc.uscg.mil/reports/rwservlet?standard_web+inc_seq=1015067 Railroad Milepost: 26.5 NEAR INTERSECTION OF H STREET AND RAILROAD AVE. County: ALAMEDA City: UNION CITY State: CA
Carmen Davis June 23, 2012 at 07:46 AM
The train tracks were there before the homes.... maybe home builders shouldn't build the homes near tracks. Better yet, don't buy homes with train tracks in the back yards.
Pamela Welborn June 23, 2012 at 03:46 PM
The location of the tracks is not the issue. It wasn't a child escaping from a back yard... I no longer live in the bay area. I live in the mountains north of Redding. I have a train across the road and up on a mountain that I love to hear. It's great company to me. If someone is hurting mentally or physically enough, they often find a way to take their own lives.
Pamela Welborn June 23, 2012 at 03:55 PM
The point isn't the trains.... SHE COMITTED SUICIDE. She needed HELP and somehow people either missed the signs or didnt want to see them. The train CAN NOT POSSIBLY SEE FAR ENOUGH DOWN THE TRACKS TO STOP IN TIME - EVEN 35-45MPH IS FAST WHEN YOU HAVE TONS OF METAL ON ROLLERS BEHIND YOU. Even with video, there is no way. I walked next to those tracks as a kid and I KNEW THE TRAIN WOULD KILL ME IF IT HIT ME. There was a smoothed out path from E st to Whipple when I was a kid I biked with my dog down it all the time. EVERYONE DID. Stop blaming the trains for something a HUMAN DECIDED TO DO. I don't need signs to know that if I walk in front of a moving vehicle - car, truck or TRAIN, I will be hurt or possibly KILLED. It's something my mom taught me when learning to cross the street. The train tracks are no more than a STREET for trains and the SAME THING APPLIES HERE. She wanted to die and she got her wish, no matter how sad that is, the TRAIN was just her method of suicide. It's a tragedy. Think of the conductor WHO COULD DO NOTHING FAST ENOUGH to PREVENT what he or she was about to be a part of - a HORRIBLE TRAGEDY. He or she WILL NEVER FORGET IT FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. The person who commits suicide is out of pain upon success but the people left behind get all that pain and more. The emergency people involved with the accident will never forget what they saw.
Your Name June 23, 2012 at 03:56 PM
@Carmen Davis: Well said, the stretch of track from Oakland's Jack London Square to south Fremont is so notorious for peril and death that it's been known among engineers for years as ``Blood Alley.'' Decoto has been around since 1870, so it's up to the residents to educate themselves and their children of the dangers that come with living with a train route in your back/front yard.
Pamela Welborn June 23, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Being another Ex UC resident - I agree with you. I had only know of one suicide on that section while I lived there from 80-87 and I worked at the photo lab that did UCPD photos back then. We saw some aweful things but that was the only train suicide they had ever seend when I saw the one I tell about above.
BP June 23, 2012 at 08:45 PM
The railroad hired gun told the cops what the railroad wanted them to hear and ignorant media to print. The lady could have fallen off the train for all we know. The train driver/the railroad owners brass paying themselves millions a year/ the state railroad handmaidens/ the Federal railroad handmaidens/ all the phonies from Operation Lifesaver should all be charged with reckless homicide and put in front of train to find out how it feels not to be hidden behind the clueless media. Betcha there would be all kinds of safety ideas after that.
Daddy's Girl June 24, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Grown ups know where and when to walk. If u go to where her body parts were found u will see a candle and no sidewalks near by. Maybe BP should run for president so he can outlaw trains cars and airplanes so everybody can live like him. Maybe he has a horse that he rides through his town. Like I said before pray for her family and the 1st responders that had to see body parts all over the tracks.
Daddy's Girl June 24, 2012 at 12:15 AM
By the way I went by there today and said a prayer.
Timothy Swenson June 24, 2012 at 12:41 AM
"Trains shoould be used to go around the citys not run through them, even if it does save time." The train line that is the most active was built in 1867 and it built Decoto. When the train line was built, there was very little in Decoto. The train line allowed businesses like the a Cannery and Pacific States Steel to be established. The rail line provided an affordable to get products to markets. From the 1870's until the 1940's, trains were the main form of transportation to Oakland and San Jose.
UnionCityRes June 25, 2012 at 08:44 AM
I had the unfortunate chance to see an arm hanging from a stopped train on decoto rd & that street infront of kennedy park, sad thing was that I was just around 10-11 yrs old when i saw. such a sad thing, it was a man too & was rumored to have been pushed. it was a few years ago, my little sister was only a few months old & the only reason I saw the horendous site was because my parents had forgotten my sisters pacifier at home & we had to go back.
Nadja Adolf June 28, 2012 at 08:33 PM
The poor woman apparently killed herself. People who are serious about committing suicide tend to use the most effective method they can find, and they tend to succeed. In Portland, Oregon, the beautiful Vista Bridge was defaced with signs, razor wire, and other impingements to the wonderful structure in order to stop suicides. The suicides simply started using other city bridges, including the I-405 arched Fremont Bridge. Once again, a movement started to deface the bridge in order to prevent suicides. I don't know if the fencing was ever put in; but if it was, I suspect suicides moved on to one of the at least 15 other bridges in Bridgetown.
Loving life July 21, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Really people...just let it be. Have respect for the family. You have no idea what she was going thru or what her intentions were. So disrespectful!

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