Los Angles, California (JusticeNewsFlash.com – News Report) – A collision has been reported of a commuter train that collided head-on with a freight train on the same track in California this morning. Officials state that the Metrolink train left Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and was headed northwest to Moorpark in Ventura County. The trains hit each other on the same track at around 4:30 p.m. in the Chatsworth area of the San Fernando Valley, near a 500-foot-long tunnel underneath Stoney Point Park. There were 222 people on the Metrolink train and four Union Pacific employees aboard the freight train. When the collision happened, the impact forced the Metrolink engine backward into its passenger car. It was found on its side with the engine still inside it by the wreckage of the freight train. The Union Pacific freight train’s engine was also turned onto its side. Emergency crews raced to put out the fires under pieces of metal underneath the train. Bystanders from the surrounding communities saw and heard the crash and rushed to the scene to provide whatever help they could, pulling bloodied victims out of the mess. Seventeen have been confirmed dead at the scene, while emergency crews are still sorting through the wreckage with many victims trapped inside. About 135 people were injured.
In train crash history, this one just took the record.
Another horrible crash occurred on January 26, 2005, in suburban Glendale when a man left an SUV covered in gasoline on railroad tracks. The Metrolink train struck the SUV and derailed from its tracks. It then collided with another Metrolink train traveling in the opposite direction. 11 people were killed and 180 were injured. Investigators found Juan Alvarez guilty of this awful tragedy. Officials are still investigating what caused the crash on Saturday.
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