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CA train crash injures hundreds

BY SUSAN KIM | LOS ANGELES, CA | April 23, 2002

Frightened passengers were catapulted from their seats Tuesday morning when a freight train struck a commuter train head-on during rush hour south of Los Angeles.

Some 265 people were injured, 75 were sent to trauma centers, and two people were killed.

This crash came on the heels of a fatal train derailment in Florida last week.

In California, a mile-long northbound freight train struck a southbound Metrolink train full of passengers about 8:10 a.m. Pacific time Tuesday. The rush hour timing resulted in more injuries. Two passenger cars buckled and derailed.

Emergency crews were still treating injuries at the scene Tuesday. More than 300 passengers were aboard the train. The crash was some 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Several streets were closed in the area because of the wreckage.

Firefighters using ladders had to free people from the wrecked train. Many had broken bones and internal injuries.

The train was headed from Riverside, CA to San Juan Capistrano, CA. Metrolink officials were still trying to determine how the trains ended up on the same track.

It was the second serious train crash in the U.S. in less than a week, coming close on the heels of a Florida train derailment that killed four people.


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