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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Six people are dead and 28 others are still missing after a train accident involving the California Zephyr, an Amtrak passenger train connecting Chicago and Emeryville, California. According to news reports, the catastrophic train accident occurred the morning of June 24, 2011, when the train was struck by a semi tractor-trailer truck, at a road crossing. The 10-car train was almost near the end of its 2,438-mile route, about 260 miles from Emeryville, when the collision occurred. The gravel truck driver and the Amtrak conductor, Laurette Lee, 68, died at the scene. Another 76 people were treated at a local hospital for a variety of injuries from blunt trauma, including fractures, abrasions, lacerations and internal organ damage. Officials expect the casualty count to go up due to the large number of missing persons.
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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 »
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 »
A Metro Blue Line train accident in Long Beach the afternoon of July 7, 2010 was likely caused by the train driver running a red light, the Associated Press reports. Long Beach police officers say an onboard video shows the Metro Blue Line train running a stop signal before colliding with a Long Beach police patrol car injuring an officer, who still remains hospitalized with injuries. At least 10 passengers on the train sustained injuries in the crash as well. Read the rest »
Several people sustained injuries in a San Francisco train accident after a San Francisco Municipal Railway light rail vehicle and a passenger transport van collided the morning of May 20, 2010. According to a Bay City News report, the collision occurred at the intersection of 14th Avenue and Judah Street in the city’s Inner Sunset neighborhood. Six people who were in the van suffered injuries and were transported to area hospitals. No one in the light rail vehicle seems to have been injured. The extent or seriousness of the injuries is not yet known. An investigation is ongoing. Read the rest »