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Metrolink train hits big-rig in Ventura County

Posted: August 24, 2012 10:00 p.m.
Updated: August 24, 2012 10:00 p.m.

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — A Metrolink commuter train with 38 passengers has slammed into a big-rig at an agricultural crossing near Camarillo Airport in Ventura County.

Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson says Los Angeles-bound train No. 102 struck the big-rig at about 5:55 a.m. Friday near Camarillo.

California Highway Patrol officials say it was still dark and misty when truck driver Alfred Espinoza heard a train horn but couldn't move across the tracks in time.

The 63-year-old suffered fractured ribs and his passenger, his son Isaac, suffered a head laceration in the collision. The big-rig was transporting a tractor.

The CHP says a woman on the train was treated for back pain.

The train didn't derail. Two buses took passengers from the scene. Both track and road were closed for several hours.


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