(Redlands, California – April 5, 2023)
A Redlands mother and daughter were involved in a tragic train crash last Tuesday night when their vehicle was struck by a Metrolink train. The collision occurred at the Metrolink crossing on Alabama Street, just north of Redlands Blvd. According to Redlands Police Department, the westbound Metrolink train was traveling at 50 mph when it struck the northbound vehicle shortly before 8:30 p.m.
The mother, who was the driver, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. The child, who was in the passenger seat, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
According to KTLA news reporters, locals say this is a dangerous crossing.
“It’s very busy and there are often people who don’t stop when they’re supposed to at the intersection,” said Nicolas, who commutes to Redlands for work. “They stop in the middle of the intersection because there’s just so many cars lined up, so I can see an accident happening pretty easily.”
“We just heard a loud bang,” said Saalim Scott, a man who worked nearby and heard the crash. “I thought it was something falling off the truck. We all came out and we saw the car and somebody off to the side. It’s just pretty sad, honestly, because life is short. You want to hold your family a little closer.”
“I got in my car and I came right here and that’s when I realized the car was hit by the train,” said resident Victor Medford. “It hurts. It hurts bad. Last night when I saw it, I cried.”
The Redlands Police Department is still investigating this collision.