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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: May 16, 2014 / 1:45pm


INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision


LOCATION: 5200 Block of Green River Rd, Chino Hills




INVOLVED PARTY: Michael Cole, 55, of Ontario Ca.




On Friday, May 16, 2014 at about 1:45 p.m., Chino Hills deputies responded to the report of a Train vs. Vehicle collision in the 5200 Block of Green River Rd. Upon arrival, deputies found that a commercial cement mixing truck had been struck by a commercial cargo train while the truck was crossing the railfoad tracks. The driver of the truck was located still in the driver's seat of the vehicle. He was identified as Michael Cole of Ontario and pronounced deceased at the scene.


At the request of Chino Hills deputies, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Region 1 MAIT team responded to conduct an investigation. Through the investigation, deputies learned that Cole had been delivering cement to a jobsite at the location and had gone down the wrong road to access the site. Upon realizing this, he turned his vehicle around to return to the proper access road. In doing so, Coles crossed the train tracks toward the access road and directly in the path of an approaching train. Train personnel saw the truck crossing in front of them and attempted to stop prior to the collision with the truck but were unable to. The collision caused the truck to be turned over and the mixer to be seperated from the truck. The train locomotive and tracks also sustained damage. The damaged tracks were closed to use for several hours as deputies conducted the investigation and repairs to the tracks were made. At the time of the collision, the involved train was traveling from the Los Angeles area to Barstow.


The investigation into this collision is ongoing.


Refer:             Deputies B. Bosowski, N. Clark, C. Kolb and Sgt. M. O'Brien


Station:          Region 1 MAIT


Phone No.     (909) 387-3504


Case No.       221401409

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700

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