Amtrak Train Crash at California Station Injured 18

10/13/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

San Francisco, CA — A train crash in Northern California injured 18 people when two Amtrak trains collided at an Oakland station on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. The train accident took place at about 10 a.m., when one train slammed into a stationary train, reported USA Today.

According to officials, an Amtrak passenger train was traveling at around 15 to 20 mph when it ran a red signal and struck the stationary train head-on while it was unloading passengers.

The “low-speed” crash involved Amtrak’s “San Joaquin” train that operated between Bakersfield to Oakland, and the Coast Starlight, a train that operated from Los Angeles to Seattle.

“According to the Amtrak representative, the train traveling should have never continued past the red signal,” Oakland Fire Department battalion chief Emon Usher told The Associated Press.

Eighteen people were injured as a result of the crash. Several people were transported to area hospitals, but officials indicated that the injuries were considered “minor.”

It is not immediately known what caused the train accident, but investigations are ongoing. The owner of the tracks, Union Pacific Freight Railroad, is cooperating with federal officials in the ongoing investigations.

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