Father Killed When SUV Crashed Into Train, Second Tragedy For Family
By Erik Rosales
MADERA RANCHOS, CA — A Madera Rancho family is still waiting for answers on what caused a deadly accident over the weekend, which took the life of their loved one. On Sunday, 66-year-old Raul Moncada Senior was killed at Avenue 12 and Road 31 in Madera County. Officers say Moncada's SUV crashed into an Amtrak passenger train. Amtrak does confirm 73 passengers were onboard and the train was on its way to Sacramento. The California Highway Patrol says the train's engine and first passenger car had traveled through the intersection before the SUV drove into the side of the second passenger car. One woman on the train was hurt, due to a shattered window. Moncada's son, Julio says several people who live near the tracks have come forward to let him know problems with the crossing arms may have been a factor. Julio says, "I guess there was a 911 call stating there was a malfunction with the crossing arms. I talked to a few people that at 6 o'clock in the evening the previous night, that the arms kept going up and down. Then they said only one of them was stable." Julio says all he knows is that his father was on his way to church. Julio says, "My mom is really strong in her faith and I think that is what is helping her cope with this because she already went through it once." In 2009, Julio's brother Sergeant Raul Moncada Junior was killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq. The 29-year-old was on his second tour in Iraq and prior to joining the Army, Sergeant Moncada was a proud U.S. Marine. Years ago, leaders in Madera County dedicated a stretch of road to Sergeant Moncada. The 2011 dedication took place on Road 37, between Avenue 12 and 13 in the Madera Ranchos area.
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