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Person Struck by Amtrak Train

UPDATE: Man Killed by Amtrak Train ID'ed

Dan Tavarez, 59, was hit by the Pacific Surfliner Monday afternoon.

A 59-year-old man was killed by an Amtrak train Monday on the beachfront rail tracks in San Clemente, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The Pacific Surfliner train was heading from Los Angeles to San Diego when it hit the man around 4:20 p.m. near Camino Capistrano and El Camino Real. The man was declared dead at the scene.

He was later identified as Dan Tavarez, a 59-year-old San Clemente resident.

Witnesses said Tavarez walked in front of the train, but it was not clear if he had done so intentionally.

Buses were brought in to take passengers onto their destinations. The tracks were closed to Amtrak and Metrolink trains until at least 8 p.m. for investigations.

-City News Service

Correction: Because of incorrect information provided by a source, Tavarez' last name was misspelled in an earlier version of this article. Patch regrets the error.

titan January 04, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Dan was a good friend of mine. I spoke to him days earlier and he was very happy. I will miss him dearly. My the Lord take him, in his arms. God bless you Dan. I will miss you Titan
Heather Hudson January 16, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Dan you crazy guy. I know you would never take your own life. We rode that train to SD together a few times with friends. You were only trying to help someone else. May you rest in peace, and my love and prayers for your family and friends. -Karen Please let us know if there is or was a service for Dan. Thank you
Shaun Clifton January 16, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Clifton Boyz Dan was a great man. A very close friend of the the Clifton Boyz. We knew him very well and know for a fact he would never take his own life, he loved life to much. Always talking about the good things in life. A man that will be missed by all......." He was mighty pleased with your life on earth, that you did your best and proved your worth, so step off your horse , and tie on up, your friends are waiting to pour you a cup." God bless you my friend!!!! Forever, Shaun Clifton,John Clifton,Cody Clifton, and Bob Morris .
Tava January 16, 2013 at 07:49 AM
Thanks Clifton Boyz and Heather. If you want to join us for his Clelbration of life on Sunday Jan 20, noon at Hapa J's on El Camino Real we would love to meet you. Looking for a singer to volunteer to sign The Lord's Pray A Cappella before the start, does anyone know someone who can do that? Thanks
Tava January 23, 2013 at 04:51 PM
http://www.ocregister.com/news/tavarez-408702-club-dan.html For those who thought he was a selfish ass who would harm himself or others, please see how many came to Celebrate his life and generosity. Everyone there knew this was an accident.

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