A Metrolink passenger commuter train has collided with a vehicle
The vehicle is destroyed and two metrolink cars have gone off the tracks
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01-06-2003, 01:25 PM #1
Breaking News Train Derailment - Burbank
01-07-2003, 02:35 AM #2
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - A Metrolink train carrying Monday morning
commuters smashed into a truck and derailed, killing the motorist
and injuring 32 people on board as it littered 1,000 feet of track
with flying metal.
The identity of the truck driver was not immediately released.
Train No. 210 was carrying 58 passengers and a crew of two from
the Santa Clarita Valley south to downtown Los Angeles, Metrolink
spokeswoman Sharon Gavin said.
Witnesses said the truck - a pickup or flatbed - turned onto the
track in front of the train about 9:30 a.m. despite lowered
crossing gates and flashing signals.
"As he came up he kinda slowed down and then he just started
turning right into it," motorist Tanya Aguilar told KCAL-TV. "I
was honking - oh my God, you know, going 'Oh my God, oh my God,
stop,' and he went right into it."
The 450-ton train struck it and tore it in two, carrying some of
the wreckage down the track while the rest exploded in flames.
It was unclear how fast the train was moving but typically
commuter runs reach no more than 50 mph in the area, Burbank Fire
Department Battalion Chief David Starr said.
The train's data recorder will be examined to determine speed
and other information, Gavin said.
Specific conditions of the injured were not known but Starr said
none were believed to be life-threatening. Four victims had to be
taken to hospitals immediately, eight others were transported on a
deferred basis and there were 20 minor injuries. A firefighter
suffered a shoulder injury during the rescue and was hospitalized.
Two women, ages 65 and 48, were listed in critical condition and
a 35-year-old woman was in serious condition, said Tiffany De Vall,
a spokeswoman for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission
The eldest woman had back and chest pain and the 48-year-old had
a lack of sensation in her legs, De Vall said.
The youngest woman complained of back and arm pain.
The engineer and three passengers were treated at a Glendale
hospital and released, authorities said.
The accident occurred 10 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles
on tracks that parallel busy San Fernando Boulevard.
Ryan Schatz, 26, of Valencia was seated on right side of the
second Metrolink car when it rolled over.
"I couldn't see what we hit ... I saw the fire go by and that
was it," he said.
Some people were in shock, others screamed and yelled, and
others remained calm, Schatz said, adding, "there were quite a few
people able to walk out."
The train had four passenger cars and an engine at the rear. The
passenger cars all derailed, with one wedged up above the track.
Another jackknifed at an angle and upended while a third tore
completely loose and came to rest on its side between the track and
a nearby freeway.
Passersby used a metal girder to smash the window of a door on
one upended passenger car and help people out.
Off-duty Los Angeles city paramedic Stan Horst and his wife were
driving to the Burbank Airport when they saw a cloud of black dust.
"We came around the block and saw what was left ... a jigsaw
puzzle of cars," he said.
Horst helped pull people from the cars and treated several. One
had a broken arm, another complained of back pain and the third had
shortness of breath.
The crash was being investigated by Burbank police. Gavin said
witnesses said the crossing warning systems were working before the
truck went onto the track.
A witness, Greg Peale, gave that account to KABC-TV.
"The guy was in the left turn lane ... he turned left slowly.
The signals were already down and flashing and he just kept going
right in front of the train," Peale said.
The number of people aboard the train appeared unusually light.
Train No. 210 carried more than 90 passengers a day during
It appeared to be the worst Metrolink accident since a commuter
train was struck by a freight train April 23 in Placentia, killing
two people and injuring more than 200.
Investigators believe that crash was caused when the crew of a
Burlington Northern-Santa Fe freight train ran two warning signals
before plowing into the double-decker Metrolink passenger train.
The freight engineer told police he was blinded by the sun and
missed a crucial signal light.
Metrolink is a heavy rail commuter service that serves Los
Angeles and surrounding counties.
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