Child dies after train crash that killed mom, grandmother

A 9-year-old boy who was injured in a collision with an Amtrak train in the rural East Bay community of Brentwood last week has died, according to the Alameda County Coroner’s Office.

The commuter train collided with the family’s Honda sedan on June 26, killing three women who died at the scene and injuring two others.

Julian Nieves was immediately taken to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland but died of his injuries three days later, on June 29, according to the coroner’s office.

The three other victims were identified by authorities as 41-year-old Julia Mondragon, 72-year-old Maria Nieves and 51-year-old Mercedes Regalado. According to a GoFundMe page set up by the family, Mondragon has been identified as Julian’s mother and Nieves as his grandmother.

According to the GoFundMe page, all of the victims were family members and attended a fundraiser together to help the family of a recently deceased friend. The crash happened about 300 feet from the fundraiser as the family was leaving the event, the Associated Press reported.

The GoFundMe page, which surpassed its $65,000 goal, was created by Daisey Morales and aims to support the Nieves-Mondragon family with any costs related to what happened.

“July became a true superhero, his organs are donated to give life to other children in need,” Morales wrote in an update. “Knowing that he will have another worthwhile life brings comfort to our family as we navigate these difficult times.”

Another GoFundMe was founded by Gabriela Battiato to provide financial support to the Regalado family. The site said that all funds raised would go to Mercedes Regalado’s descendants.

Jorge Nieves, who is described as a “husband, father and grandfather,” survived the crash and is currently recovering from his injuries in intensive care, according to GoFundMe. Another family member was also hospitalized and received life-saving care. Her condition is unknown.

“The last few days have been the worst any of us can imagine as we face the unthinkable and unimaginable pain of moving forward on earth without our loved ones,” Battiato wrote.

The accident happened around 1:15 p.m. near the 3000 block of Orwood Road in Contra Costa County. The Amtrak train was traveling west and collided with the family’s car as it was crossing the tracks, according to authorities. The car was thrown off the train tracks and crashed into another vehicle about 60 feet away, authorities said.

There were no reported injuries to the 85 people on the Amtrak train that traveled from Stockton to Martinez.

The accident occurred at a passive level crossing, which was on a private dirt road without the gates, bells or lights commonly used to warn of oncoming trains.

According to Mercury News, seven other accidents have been reported in the exact same area since 1985. A similar intersection nearby had 10 reported accidents, with a 2011 incident injuring 57 people, the Mercury News reported.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-06/9-year-old-boy-dies-from-injuries-suffered-in-east-bay-amtrak-collision-that-killed-3-others Child dies after train crash that killed mom, grandmother

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