Contra Costa, CA- Nearly thirty people were injured—four critically—after a commuter train collided with a tractor-trailer in Southern California.
Police say the driver of the tractor-trailer, which was parked on the tracks, fled the scene of the accident, but was apprehended about a mile from the crash site, according to KTLA.
The accident took place in Oxnard, Calif., around 5:40 a.m. Tuesday morning. For some yet undiscovered reason, a tractor-trailer was parked along the train tracks near the intersection of the East Fifth Street and Rice Avenue when the commuter train came along. The train conductor tried to stop before colliding with the truck, but couldn’t and slammed into the truck.
Several train cars derailed as a result of the collision and the truck burst into flames, according to KTLA.
There have been conflicting stories about fatalities connected to the accident, but officials from the Ventura County Fire Department said so far no one has died as a result of the accident.
Fortunately this accident occurred early in the morning, any later and more people could have suffered devastating injuries. Victims mostly suffered head trauma and broken bones as a result of being tossed around inside the derailed train cars.
There were a total of 50 people on the train, according to CNN. At least 28 passengers were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Twenty-three passengers were treated on the scene and released.
Oxnard police Sgt. Marc Amon told CNN that the truck driver “stopped his produce truck on the tracks” and that “the accident was likely avoidable.”
It is unclear if the tractor-trailer driver was injured or why he was parked on the tracks. KTLA reported that he was not in the truck at the time of the crash.
Details about the crash are still emerging. According to ABC, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railroad Administration announced they would be heading to the scene to investigate the accident.
Why the truck driver stopped on the tracks is important. The victims of this accident need to know the exact cause, and who is ultimately responsible for their injuries so they can seek compensation for their injuries and metal distress. The fact that the truck driver fled the scene is suspicious and could be an indication of wrong-doing, such as intoxicated or fatigued driving, but it is too soon to tell.
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