Mom Saves Baby, But Dies in Metrolink Train Accident in Riverside, California
KABC-TV News reports (video below) that 33-year-old Susan Dibene was killed in a train accident in Riverside, California, while trying to cross the train tracks with her daughter. She was apparently trying to hurry across the tracks with her 2-year-old daughter in a stroller even though the railroad safety arms were down.
The child’s stroller got stuck in the tracks, but Dibene managed to get it loose just in time to push her daughter to safety, but a moment later, she was hit and killed in this Metrolink train accident.
“She didn’t quite make it,” Riverside police Sgt. Dan Warren said. “The baby’s fine, but she got hit.” A witness pulled the stroller off the street. The California train accident happened about 7 p.m. near the intersection of Mary Street and Indiana Avenue. Passenger Joseph Avila said he and the several dozen other passengers on the train going from Oceanside to San Bernardino did not feel the collision.
He said the train stopped and a conductor said there had been a fatality. “Probably about 45 minutes after what happened, he finally told us that a lady and a baby got struck.”
Paul Dibene, the child’s father, said: “You have so many mixed emotions. Here you lose the mother of your child, yet she gave her life. I feel like she paid the ultimate sacrifice. She gave her life to save her daughter. I think in that situation, different things that could’ve taken place. The panic and the fear could’ve caused you to just freeze. It could’ve taken both their lives.”
While it’s fortunate the child is still alive, it’s a tragedy the mother lost her life. While the details are not exactly clear, hopefully, her husband has contacted a train accident attorney.
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