Metrolink Train Crashes Into Truck in California
In a scary event for morning commuters, a Los-Angeles-bound Metrolink train crashed into a vehicle on Sept. 6, as the southbound train made its way through Sun Valley in California. Fortunately, no serious injuries have been reported so far. According to The Los Angeles Times, the train was traveling on the Antelope Valley line when it crashed into a tractor-trailer sitting on the tracks at around 10:30 a.m. The train had pulled out of the Sun Valley station, and was moving at 15-20 mph, according to The Times, when the crash occurred.
The Los Angeles Fire Department told The LA Times that at least 16 train passengers requested medical attention. The number of passengers injured may change as more information becomes available. Firefighters assessed the train and passengers upon arriving at the scene, and the driver of the truck was not hurt. Six train cars were affected by the collision, carrying 187 passengers. According to ABC7, the truck was crossing San Fernando road when it was struck by the Metrolink train. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has closed a section of San Fernando road where the incident occurred.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time a collision has occurred in the area. In 2009, The LA Times published an investigation into previous Metrolink commuter train crashes in the north San Fernando Valley. Through their interactive map, The Times logged 524 accidents and collisions along the line from its inception in 1993 through 2008. They also noted that at least 15 incidents had occurred near the San Fernando Valley at the cross of San Fernando and Sunland, where the Sept. 6 crash took place. It's an alarming number of crashes for one area.
Metrolink took to Twitter to keep passengers informed of the situation and update passengers on any residual delays from the crash. By noon, the train had resumed service, according to the LAFD. However, Metrolink is still tweeting about congestion on the tracks.
As The LA Times pointed out, Metrolink spokeswoman Sherita Coffelt said that September is Rail Safety Month, and that if passengers are stuck on the tracks, they should call the phone number posted on the rail crossing to notify a railroad official. Metrolink's website also provides safety information for passengers, including tips on being "track smart," safety guidelines, and emergency evacuation information. In addition, the website highlights safety programs, and features an animated PSA about the importance of obeying train signals for motorists.