Global celebrity
6 Images

Metrolink crash: The human toll

Global celebrity
GLOBAL CELEBRITY: Crash survivor John Phipps, with his wife, Leslie, became famous for writing “I love Leslie. I love my kids” in his blood on an overturned seat as he expected to die. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
Missing dad
MISSING DAD: Ashley and Brice McKeown put together a train set belonging to their father, Scott, a longtime railroad buff who was killed in the Jan. 26, 2005, crash. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
Cheating death
CHEATING DEATH: Wife Lynne Toby and son Colin with Steven Toby, who survived because his usual seat was occupied. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Widow
WIDOW: “At the time of the accident, everything was cream-of-the-crop for us,” Susan McKeown says. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
Rescuers
RESCUERS: Mark Zavala, with fellow Costco employee Karen Mendoza, says: “I’m glad we were able to help people. It’s a thing of the past, but I’m not going to forget it. Never, ever.” (Stephen Osman / LAT)
Fatal wreck
FATAL WRECK: Train 100, inbound from Ventura County, struck an SUV left on the tracks, derailed into a parked freight train, then jackknifed into Train 901, coming from Union Station. (Don Kelsen / LAT)
1/6