Police Investigate Train Crash
As of now, according to investigator, Assistant Police Chief, Jason Benites, the truck seemingly got stuck on the tracks as it was making a turn. The Assistant Fire Chief, James Williams said that the truck was full engulfed in flames as the emergency crews arrived to the scene. The evacuation went as “orderly” as possible, but the firefighters had to remove some of the victims from vehicles.
The Southern California’s Metrolink commuter service said that one of the trains on the Ventura County run to Los Angeles has struck a truck that was on the tracks. The train’s engineer was also injured in the crash.
Jorge Garcia’s Statement about the Crash:
I just heard a bang and then an explosion, It was a big old boom. And then the ambulances started. … You could see it was something big.
I can’t imagine how scary that must have been for those people.
Glenn Frisbie’s Statement:
I saw a bright flash, a big fireball and flames, flames going pretty high.
The train crash could have ended up with even more injured people if it had not been for the latest safety rail cars, according to Metrolink Board member, Keith Millhouse. Millhouse is also a councilman.
Millhouse seems quite confident in these new rail cars. The cars are designed so that they feature seats that will hopefully keep the passengers from being thrown around in crashes. They’re also equipped with breakaway tables. Even though some wonder about seat belts, the cars are not equipped with them for safety reasons.
They are essentially the safest rail cars in the country. I believe they probably prevented more serious injuries.
The National Transportation Safety Board of course sent their team in to investigate the crash. The Federal Railroad Administration said that their investigators would also conduct a “thorough investigation” so that they can figure out what really happened on the train tracks.
The Railroad Administration’s Statement:
Safety must be every railroad’s absolute top priority. We will establish what lapses, if any, occurred and order any necessary corrective actions.
Emergency crews worked around the burned wreckage. At least three of the cars on the Metrolink train were derailed.
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