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Metrolink train hits truck; three critically injured

Crews cleared the tracks, service resumes

Posted: December 23, 2009 11:55 a.m.
Updated: December 23, 2009 11:00 a.m.
Three people were critically injured in a collision between a Metrolink train and a pickup truck in Sylmar that shut down the tracks for hours this morning, before crews cleared the wreckage and reopened service to the Santa Clarita Valley, officials said.

The Antelope Valley line train 201 was headed northbound when it collided with a pickup truck at 7:05 a.m., said Francisco Oaxaca, Metrolink spokesman.

The truck was resting on the tracks after it was involved in two-car traffic collision just minutes before being struck by the train, he said.

The train tracks are clear and service along the Antelope Valley line, which runs from Los Angeles Union Station to the Antelope Valley and includes three stops in the SCV, has resumed, Oaxaca said.

Just before the train collision, the truck had rear-ended a Toyota Corolla carrying a mother and her 6-month-old child that had pulled to the side of San Fernando Road in Sylmar to allow an emergency vehicle to pass, Oaxaca said. The pick-up then jumped the curb and landed on the tracks.

The 450-ton train smashed into the truck minutes later. It wasn't clear whether he was in the truck when the train hit.

The mother and child in the Toyota were transferred to a local hospital and are in critical condition. The driver of the pick-up truck was also taken to a local hospital and listed in critical condition, Oaxaca said.

No further details are available at this time.


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