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Burbank man struck by train

Tim Willert

BURBANK-- The 18-year-old son of two Burbank Police offi- cers is

expected to recover from injuries he sustained after his car was hit

by an Amtrak train at a railroad crossing in Moorpark this week,

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authorities said.

John Speirs, of Burbank, was stopped on the tracks at the Spring

Street crossing when a northbound Amtrak passenger train traveling

between 60 and 70 mph struck his car about 10:15 a.m. Monday,

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according to a press release issued by the Moorpark Police

Department.

Speirs, the 18-year-old son of Lt. Bruce Speirs and Det. Kathlyne

Speirs, was taken to Simi Valley Adventist Hospital in serious

condition with a head injury and a cut on his chin, but was later

released.

“John is at home resting comfortably,” Burbank Police Lt. John

Dilibert said late Friday. “He is recovering ... and the prognosis

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looks very good for him.”

Speirs was wearing a seat belt, which, along with the car’s air

bag, probably saved his life, Dilibert said.

"[That] definitely had a positive effect,” he said.

Neither Bruce nor Kathlyne Speirs could be reached for comment,

but Dilibert said both appreciated the outpouring of community

support they have received so far.

Bruce Speirs, a former police spokesman, was promoted to

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lieutenant in May and assigned to oversee the day-to-day operations

of the Burbank Animal Shelter. Kathlyne Speirs, a background

investigator, is assigned to the department’s community outreach and

professional standards bureau.

John Speirs, a student at Moorpark College, was driving to campus

at the time of the collision, and rescuers from the Ventura County

Fire Department had to pry off the driver’s door to remove him from

the vehicle, according to news reports.

Monday’s collision caused the train to jump the tracks and come to

a stop on the west side of Moorpark Road. None of the 104 passengers

aboard were injured, authorities said.

The incident is still under investigation, Moorpark Police Capt.

Chris Lathrop said.

Reporter Jackson Bell contributed to this story.


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