Officer Spree Desha was killed in the collision of a MetroLink commuter train and a Union Pacific Railroad freight train.
Following practice for off duty officers riding on the train, Officer Desha was in uniform and in the first passenger car when the accident occurred.
She and 24 other passengers were killed in the collision. Over 180 other passengers were seriously injured. A deputy from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was among those seriously injured in the collision, but assisted others to escape the wreckage until he collapsed.
Officer Desha had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 7 years. She is survived by her life partner and her parents.