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Two Killed, One Injured When Run Over by Metrolink Train in Orange County

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MISSION VIEJO (CNS) - Two of three people, who may have fallen asleep on the tracks, were killed by a Metrolink train Thursday in South Orange County, according to transit and sheriff's officials.

Train number 603 was northbound from Oceanside when it hit the three at 6:06 a.m. at Alicia Parkway and Via Fabricante, sheriff's Lt. Jim England said.

Daniel Akins, 22, of Mission Viejo, and Anastasia Bolton 17, of Del Mar, who attended high school in Orange County, died at the scene, and a 27-year-old Santa Ana woman suffered arm and leg injuries, sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.

It was the survivor who called 911 at 6:14 a.m., said Metrolink spokeswoman Angie Starr. The 67 passengers on the train were unhurt, she said.

The survivor, whose name was withheld, told authorities that they did not hear the train, Amormino said.

The train was in push mode, with the engine in the rear, which may have made it harder to hear it approaching. It was unclear how fast the train was going, but the speed limit in the area is 90 mph.

The Bolton and the survivor became friends through the Facebook social networking site about a week ago, Amormino said.

"They decided to go out last night and they met at Proof in Santa Ana," Amormino said. "It was only a meeting place. There's no evidence to say they stayed and drank there."

After meeting at Proof, the survivor, Bolton and Akins, who may have been her boyfriend, all drove to Laguna Beach, where they walked around on the beach for awhile, Amormino said.

At some point, the female victim said she had a friend in Mission Viejo and they could hang out at his house, Amormino said. But the trio was unable to reach the friend, so they went to a strip mall at Alicia Parkway and Via Fabricante, parked the car and went over to the train tracks, he said.

"She (the survivor) said she fell asleep," Amormino said. "She's not sure if the other two fell asleep or not, but she assumed they did and she was awoken by the train and got out of the way just in time. It nicked her arm and leg, and she walked back to the car and dialed 911."

Investigators found body parts of the victims about 300 feet away from where the survivor fell asleep, Amormino said.

The survivor was admitted to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, where she was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, Amormino said.

"We believe it was a tragic accident, not a suicide pact," he said.

"And there's no evidence of them drinking down there. There were no bottles, no alcohol."

The trio had to climb over a fence to get to the tracks, Starr said.

"The area is blocked by a gate and is not easily accessible," she said. "It's not pedestrian friendly."

Loitering around train tracks has become a system-wide problem recently, Starr said.

"We've seen an increase in trespassing over the past year," she said.

"It's been unbelievable to us, and we're trying to educate the public how dangerous it is."

The authorized track speed for trains is 90 mph, but investigators did not know how fast No. 603 was going when it hit the victims, Starr said.

The accident caused delays during the morning commute for Metrolink and Amtrak passengers, and both agencies used buses to transport passengers.

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