Dozens hurt when Southern California train crashes, derails

24.02.2015 17:39

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — A Southern
California commuter train crashed into a
truck and derailed early Tuesday, injuring
dozens of people.
Three cars of the Metrolink train tumbled
onto their sides in agricultural country 65
miles northwest of Los Angeles. Metrolink
spokesman Scott Johnson told The
Associated Press that at least 30 people
were injured and no fatalities have been
reported at this time.
Television news helicopters showed
several firetrucks surrounding the tracks,
running parallel to a road and a field. One
toppled car laid with one end on the tracks
and another on the street. Another
passenger car derailed but didn't topple,
and the locomotive also remained upright.
Little was left of the truck but scorched
and mangled wreckage — some debris was
in a nearby intersection and some close to
the tracks.
The crash was reported at 5:44 a.m. as the
train headed from Ventura County to Los
Angeles, according to police and the
regional rail authority website.
Metrolink trains have been involved in two
major disasters in the last decade, among
other accidents.