Woman in train crash identified

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Police confirmed today that a man was arguing with his girlfriend Monday and 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. Michelle Wright, 23, was identified as the woman who was in the car and miraculously survived the noontime crash Monday 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, police said. Wright suffered a possible concussion and facial cuts, and X-rays indicated she had no broken bones, said Los Angeles police Lt. George Rock, a detective supervisor at Foothill Division. “She was very fortunate,” Rock said. The man, 21-year-old Brandon Funches of South Los Angeles, 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, police said. Rock said that Wright told detectives from her hospital bed that she felt that “it was an attempt to kill both of them.” “He meant to kill her but he meant to kill himself, too. We are documenting it as an attempt murder suicide.” Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said none of the 132 people on the Antelope Valley-bound train was injured and the train did not derail.last_img read more