Mom Pushing Stroller Killed by California Train

But Susan Dibene manages to push her daughter to safety
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 10, 2011 1:36 AM CDT
The Tracks   (©EliJerma)

(Newser) – A Southern California mom struggling with a stroller over tracks was killed by a train, but first managed to push her 2-year-old daughter to safety. Susan Dibene, 33, was pushing the stroller along a sidewalk near the tracks when she attempted to cross as the guardrail of the Metrolink train was descending, reports the Los Angeles Times. The conductor and engineer spotted the woman struggling with the stroller, and they blew the horn, but were unable to stop in time. "She didn't quite make it," Riverside police Sgt. Dan Warren told AP.

The toddler, Paris Belle, was uninjured and was taken home by her grandmother after the girl was checked out at a local hospital. The grandmom said her daughter was a "giving, creative" photographer, and a loving mother who "saved her daughter's life." But a police spokesman said Dibene should "never have put her child in harm's way to begin with."

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