SUN VALLEY – A man who was arguing with his girlfriend Monday drove through the guardrail of a railroad crossing and parked his car in the path of a speeding train, killing himself and critically injuring the woman, police said. The apparent suicide and attempted murder occurred just after noon near Branford Street and San Fernando Road, where the couple’s car was waiting behind two other cars for a northbound Metrolink train to pass, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez. The man drove his 2005 Dodge Magnum around the two cars, through the guardrail and parked it on the tracks so the passenger side was directly in the path of the approaching train, Lopez said. “He drove up on the tracks as the train was coming,” Lopez said. He added that the train struck the rear end of the car, causing it to spin around and eject the man, who was not wearing a seat belt. “What saved her was she was in her seat belt,” Lopez said of the woman. The man, 21-year-old Brandon Funches of South Los Angeles, died at the scene. His 23-year-old girlfriend, a Los Angeles resident, was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, where she was listed in critical condition, Lopez said. Her name was not released. Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said none of the 132 people on the Antelope Valley-bound train was injured and the train did not derail. Passengers traveling on the line later in the day experienced five- to 10-minute delays. Metrolink officials could not say how fast the train was traveling when it hit the Magnum, but the speed limit on that stretch of track is nearly 80 mph. “It’s amazing she survived,” LAPD spokesman Kevin Maiberger said of the Dodge’s passenger. “You should see the car.” Police Detective Pat Barron said the car was on the tracks four to five seconds before the train plowed into it. “The train was honking its horn when it collided with the vehicle,” Barron said. Monday’s collision came more than two years after the disastrous Glendale Metrolink train wreck, which killed 11 people and injured 180 others. That crash occurred when Juan Manuel Alvarez, then 25, of Compton, parked his Jeep Cherokee on the tracks in a botched suicide attempt. Alvarez jumped out just before the train struck his car, setting off a spectacular three-train collision. Following the Glendale collision, Metrolink’s practice of using locomotives to both push and pull trains came under intense criticism. When locomotives are pulling the train – as in Monday’s collision – the engine is in front, which offers more protection to passengers. In the Glendale crash, the locomotive pushed the train, meaning the lighter passenger cars collided directly with the car on the tracks. Staff Writer Susan Abram contributed to this story. [email protected] (818)713-3329 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Newcastle’s winning run has fired them up the table in a remarkably short space of time, rising from 19th on November 2 up to 13th at the start of this week.They are one of the most in-form sides in the division, while the team they vanquished on Monday night, Burnley, are very much out of form right now.But how would a Premier League form table look based on the last six matches?Scroll down to find out… 7. Manchester UnitedW 3 | D 2 | L 1 | GF 10 | GA 9 | GD +1 | Points 118. NewcastleW 3 | D 1 | L 2 | GF 7 | GA 6 | GD +1 | Points 109. BrightonW 3 | D 1 | L 2 | GF 6 | GA 6 | GD 0 | Points 1010. HuddersfieldW 2 | D 2 | L 2 | GF 5 | GA 6 | GD -1 | Points 811. BournemouthW 2 | D 1 | L 3 | GF 10 | GA 6 | GD +4 | Points 712. WatfordW 2 | D 1 | L 3 | GF 6 | GA 9 | GD -3 | Points 713. LeicesterW 1 | D 3 | L 2 | GF 5 | GA 7 | GD -2 | Points 614. CardiffW 2 | D 0 | L 4 | GF 7 | GA 10 | GD -3 | Points 6 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 3 Latest Football News shining REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 1. Manchester CityWon 5 | Drawn 1 | Lost 0 | Goals For 19 | Goals against 2 | Goal difference +17 | Points 162. TottenhamW 5 | D 0 | L 1 | GF 9 | GA 4 | GD +5 | Points 153. LiverpoolW 4 | D 2 | L 0 | GF 11 | GA 2 | GD +9 | Points 144. EvertonW 4 | D 1 | L 1 | GF 9 | GA 4 | GD +5 | Points 135. ArsenalW 3 | D 3 | L 0 | GF 14 | GA 7 | GD +7 | Points 126. ChelseaW 3 | D 2 | L 1 | GF 13 | GA 6 | GD +7 | Points 11 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF Newcastle beat Burnley on Monday night to make it three wins on the bounce Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REPLY Things are looking pretty rosy for Newcastle United right now.After grabbing their first Premier League win of the season at the beginning of the month, the Magpies have gone on to finish November with a further two victories. Chelsea have started to shake after their excellent start to the season Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Cardiff’s recent form has given them hope of surviving in the Premier League huge blow REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE 3 no dice MONEY 3 15. West HamW 1 | D 2 | L 3 | GF 6 | GA 10 | GD -4 | Points 516. WolvesW 1 | D 1 | L 4 | GF 4 | GA 9 | GD -5 | Points 417. SouthamptonW 0 | D 3 | L 3 | GF 4 | GA 13 | GD -9 | Points 318. FulhamW 1 | D 0 | L 5 | GF 6 | GA 17 | GD -11 | Points 319. Crystal PalaceW 0 | D 2 | L 4 | GF 3 | GA 9 | GD -6 | Points 220. BurnleyW 0 | D 2 | L 4 | GF 4 | GA 16 | GD -12 | Points 2