A Newhall woman who was a passenger on the MetroLink train that
derailed at the crossing at Buena Vista Street and San Fernando
Boulevard has died.
Grace Midgley Kirkness, 76, was in a rail car when the train
struck a stake bed truck at the crossing Jan. 6 and derailed. The
driver of the truck, Jacek Wysocki, 63, was killed instantly.
Kirkness, one of 32 people who were injured in the train derailment,
was taken to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center with what appeared
to be minor injuries, said Police Det. Paul Orlowski, a lead
investigator in the case. She was released the next day.
On Jan. 14, she was admitted to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial
Hospital with possible complications from injuries suffered in the
collision, Orlowski said. She was reportedly complaining of pain and
was said by family to have suffered cracked vertebrae and a punctured
She died Tuesday at the hospital. Coroner’s officials are
investigating her death.