Bakersfield mother killed by train saves 6 children

Freight train slammed into mother of six and her car last weekend in Kern County. Bakersfield mother dies while saving six children at rail road crossing.

San Francisco, CA (–California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported a Bakersfield mother of four was killed at a rail road crossing last weekend. Lourdes Ruiz, 41, of Bakersfield, California was driving the car carrying her four children and two nieces when it stalled on a rail road crossing. She ordered the children out of the car and off the tracks. A freight train slammed into Ruiz and her 15 year-old son while they were attempting to clear the tracks of her car.

Ruiz was thrown 150 feet when the train hit her and was pronounced dead at the scene by California Highway Patrol, Kern County Medical Examiner’s Office and emergency medical personnel. Emergency medical workers transported her son to Kern Medical Center. The 15 year-old boy who was also struck by the train was treated for moderate injuries and released.

CHP remains investigating the train vs. car crash that occurred in Kern County, located between Los Angeles and Fresno. Investigators have not determined if the car stalled on the tracks before the presence of the oncoming freight train and the lowering of the crossing arms.

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