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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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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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