Suicide By Train

Creative Commons image “Tracks” by Mark Dries via Flickr

In Orange County, California, where nearly 68 miles of track snake through neighborhoods from San Clemente to Anaheim — and where 58 people killed themselves on train tracks from 2002 to 2012 — the rate of suicides by train is slightly higher.

And where the train runs from the San Diego County line to Dana Point, where there are few fences and many pedestrians, the deaths are clustered. Since 1986, at least 19 people — including Bill Brotherton Jr. — have died on that six-mile stretch of track.

Originally published at on October 16, 2015.