Man Dies After Driving off Bridge Onto Train Tracks

A Mission Viejo man died when his car fell from the Alicia Parkway bridge onto the train tracks.

A car fell from the Alicia Parkway bridge over the Amtrak train tracks Friday evening just before 7 p.m., killing the driver, said Lt. Gary Strachan with the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

According to Strachan, the driver lost control, hit the center divider and drove off the bridge between lanes; his Lexus landed upside-down on the train tracks.

No other people or vehicles were involved in the accident, authorities said.

The deceased was identified as Craig Engstrom, 52, of Mission Viejo. He died at the scene.

Strachan said that trains were stopped in both directions. There was no train involved in the incident.

Mission Viejo student Anastasia Bolton and Danny Akins were killed under the same bridge in Sept. 2010 after being struck by a train.

Update: The victim's city of residence has been updated by the Orange County coroner's office.

BP October 20, 2012 at 06:18 PM
So who built and signed off on the obviously pathetic bridge?
gb October 20, 2012 at 06:52 PM
This for sure caused quite a mess for all trains, all the peole like myself at the Amtrak station Irvine, as well as other stations, were stranded for hours.
Patti Bout October 20, 2012 at 07:31 PM
What's your point? That someone accidently, or on purpose, was driving too fast, lost control and drove off the bridge, that it has a design flaw?
BP October 20, 2012 at 08:48 PM
The point is the protective guard rail we paid $1,000s for didn't protect. Are ya blind?
Stupid people should not speak October 20, 2012 at 09:47 PM
This why think social media is reducing intelligence. Maybe it is the utter stupidity of my fellow human being that is intolerable. Did anyone notice? A man lost his life. He has a family who is in complete grief right now. You all talk about waiting for a train and how it inconvienanced you. The cost of the guard rails. Shame on all you!
Charles October 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM
The driver really seemed to be out of his lane on this one. He was travelling eastbound yet he crashed through the barrier on the left side of it - almost heading into westbound traffic before going through the barrier. (See uploaded photos.)
Sarcasm October 21, 2012 at 12:41 AM
BP: who gave this guy a driver's license? We pay the DMV millions to make sure people know how to drive without running into guardrails. What's up with that?
Patti Bout October 21, 2012 at 05:18 AM
A guard rail can only protect against so much force -not too much can stop 3000 lbs of steel going faster than 20 miles an hour. What would you suggest they put up?
janell robinson October 21, 2012 at 07:53 AM
Sorryy it caused a mess for all amtrack people but I lost a friend and his family lost a brother son uncle. I love you craig God Bless you always and forever. Janell
BP October 21, 2012 at 04:00 PM
A guard rail for highway traffic --- not one for a turtle race.
oyajisan October 22, 2012 at 10:39 AM
I've been driving through that bridge over for last 3 months and noticed memorabilia on east bound bridge like cards and candles. Now this accident happened, God bless their souls.
Kate Benoit October 23, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Patti always says stupied things, because she is. We don't know what happened to this man...a heart attack, stroke perhaps, you all should be ashamed. He lost his life in an accident! God Bless his family and friends.
Lori Bullard October 24, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Hi Janell it's Lori. Paul and I are so upset about the lose of a good friend and a great man. It really does sicken us to see all of these post that degrade him and have no empathy for the family and friends that are morning the lose of a great person.
LF gal October 24, 2012 at 04:42 AM
How disgusting that someone actually commented on their train being late. Makes you loose faith in humanity that people feel like that is ok to say in such a tragic loss


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