Metrolink Train Crash Leaves 28 Injured
Train Crash Leaves 28 Injured, 4 in Critical Condition
A total of 28 people were injured in a train crash accident involving a Metrolink commuter train and a tow truck parked on railway tracks in Oxnard. Of the reported 28 injured victims, 4 are in critical condition. The accident occurred in the city of Oxnard, Ventura County.
Meanwhile, the driver of the truck towing a 12-foot trailer, a 54 year old, whose name has not been disclosed yet, was driving a Ford F- 150 vehicle that apparently got stuck in the tracks. The injured train passengers were transported and hospitalized at the Ventura County Medical Center to receive the necessary medical attention. Reportedly, 4 are in severe condition, including the train engineer.
Place and Time of Accident
The Metrolink train rammed into the tow truck at the intersection of 5th and Rice avenues at around 5:40 am. The train was going at a speed of 79 mph when the train engineer spotted the tow trucks parked on the railroad tracks. While the engineer’s immediate reaction was to apply the brakes, the train could not stop in time ramming the truck in front of it. As result of the spectacular impact, the four train cars and locomotive were derailed.
Meanwhile, Mike England, a spokesman with the Federal Railroad Administration in a statement given to the LA Times, said: “Safety must be every railroad’s absolute top priority and we will establish what lapses, if any, occurred and order any necessary corrective actions. This morning’s accident on Metrolink’s Ventura County Line is a tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”
Conflicting accounts of the accident say the tow truck and trailer were in flames upon impact. However, those accounts haven’t been corroborated by authorities yet. What has been corroborated is that at the time firefighters and paramedics arrived at the scene, the trailer towed by the truck was on fire.
So far, it is not clear as to why the truck and trailer were parked over the railroad tracks at the time of the collision. Apparently, the driver of the truck left the scene of the accident and was shortly after located 2 miles from the scene of the accident. Presently, he’s under custody of the respective authorities investigating the case.
In the meantime, the National Transportation Safety Board continues collecting evidence and investigating the scene of the accident to determine the exact cause of the collision.
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Los Angeles Times: Southern California Commuter Train Crash: Truck Got ‘Stuck’ at Crossing. Retrieved on February 24, 2015.