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Man Dies After Driving off Bridge Onto Train Tracks

A Mission Viejo man died when his car fell from the Alicia Parkway bridge onto the train tracks.

A car fell from the Alicia Parkway bridge over the Amtrak train tracks Friday evening just before 7 p.m., killing the driver, said Lt. Gary Strachan with the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

According to Strachan, the driver lost control, hit the center divider and drove off the bridge between lanes; his Lexus landed upside-down on the train tracks.

No other people or vehicles were involved in the accident, authorities said.

The deceased was identified as Craig Engstrom, 52, of Mission Viejo. He died at the scene.

Strachan said that trains were stopped in both directions. There was no train involved in the incident.

Mission Viejo student Anastasia Bolton and Danny Akins were killed under the same bridge in Sept. 2010 after being struck by a train.

Update: The victim's city of residence has been updated by the Orange County coroner's office.

BP October 21, 2012 at 04:00 PM
A guard rail for highway traffic --- not one for a turtle race.
oyajisan October 22, 2012 at 10:39 AM
I've been driving through that bridge over for last 3 months and noticed memorabilia on east bound bridge like cards and candles. Now this accident happened, God bless their souls.
Kate Benoit October 23, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Patti always says stupied things, because she is. We don't know what happened to this man...a heart attack, stroke perhaps, you all should be ashamed. He lost his life in an accident! God Bless his family and friends.
Lori Bullard October 24, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Hi Janell it's Lori. Paul and I are so upset about the lose of a good friend and a great man. It really does sicken us to see all of these post that degrade him and have no empathy for the family and friends that are morning the lose of a great person.
LF gal October 24, 2012 at 04:42 AM
How disgusting that someone actually commented on their train being late. Makes you loose faith in humanity that people feel like that is ok to say in such a tragic loss


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