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Amtrak Train Accident Kills Seven Injures Dozens

By Brian Chase on May 18, 2015 - No comments

Amtrak AccidentAt least seven people were killed and more than 200 were injured, some critically, in an Amtrak train accident the night of May 12, 2015.

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the train headed to New York City from Washington derailed and crashed in Philadelphia.

The northbound train was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members when it …Read the rest »

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28 Injured In Metrolink Train Accident In Oxnard

By Brian Chase on February 24, 2015 - No comments

los angeles metrolinkMore than two dozen people were injured, four critically, in a Metrolink train accident in Ventura County the morning of February 24, 2015.

According to an NBC news report, the Metrolink train was on the Ventura County Line tracks between Camarillo and Oxnard, about 70 miles west of Los Angeles, when it collided with a truck on the tracks and derailed.

Officials say the conductor of the Los Angeles-bound train …Read the rest »

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Metrolink First In Nation to Implement Collision Avoidance Technology

By Brian Chase on February 22, 2014 - No comments

los angeles metrolinkLos Angeles based Metrolink has announced that it will become the first commuter rail system in the country to implement a state-of-the-art collision avoidance technology known as positive train control.

According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the system, known as PTC, tracks a train’s speed and position and whether it has run a red light.

The advanced safety system can also stop or slow the train if the driver fails to do so.

Under a federal mandate set forth by the Rail Safety Improvement Act, the PTC system must be …Read the rest »

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Two Injured Metrolink Train and Truck Collision Near Oxnard

By Brian Chase on August 24, 2012 - No comments

Two people were injured in a Metrolink train accident in Oxnard after a big rig collided with a commuter train. According to a news report in The Ventura County Star, the injury crash occurred on Fifth Street east of Pleasant Valley Road near an agricultural field early morning on August 24, 2012. California Highway Patrol officials said the train was traveling east when the truck, which was pulling a flatbed loaded with 10 450-pound canisters of the agricultural fumigant methlyl bromide, turned toward a field. The truck driver apparently failed to see the train. The train was able to slow down, but could not avoid hitting the truck. The truck driver and one passenger on the train, who complained of chest pain, were taken to the hospital.

My thoughts and prayers are with the injured passenger and the truck driver. I wish them both the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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Bicyclist Killed in Riverside Train Accident

By Brian Chase on March 3, 2011 - No comments

Roberto Garcia, 26, was killed in a Riverside bicycle accident after he was struck by a train at a crossing. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal train accident occurred the afternoon of March 1, 2011 on Adams Street near Highway 91 in Riverside. Garcia and his girlfriend waited for a train to pass behind a crossing arm. After the westbound train cleared Garcia rode his bike onto the tracks and was struck by an eastbound train. He suffered fatal head injuries. An investigation is ongoing.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Roberto Garcia, the victim of this tragic bicycle versus train accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

Riverside Bicycle Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), two people were killed and 70 were injured in Riverside bicycle accidents. During the same year, there were nine fatalities and 362 injuries reported as a result of Riverside County bicycle accidents. …Read the rest »

 

Amtrak Crash in California Injures 21

By Brian Chase on August 9, 2010 - 1 comment

At least 21 people were injured in a train accident the afternoon of August 6, 2010 in Shafter, California. The Bakersfield Californian reports that many suffered minor injuries in the collision. The Amtrak train was carrying 219 passengers as it traveled south from Oakland to Bakersfield. The collision occurred between the train and a big rig at the intersection of Shafter Avenue and Central Valley Highway. Authorities say the caution arms and signals at the intersection were functional at the time. The driver of the truck was uninjured in the train accident. …Read the rest »

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