2:20 P.M. (AP) - A Southern California commuter train slammed into a truck abandoned on the tracks early Tuesday, sending three rail cars tumbling onto their sides and injuring 28 people in the fiery crash.
The accident occurred around 5:45 a.m. in Oxnard, about 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Four people, including the train engineer, had critical injuries.
The truck driver was found several miles away, and authorities are questioning him about why the vehicle was left on the tracks.
Little was left of the truck except scorched and mangled wreckage, with some debris found in a nearby intersection and some close to the tracks.
The Metrolink train carrying 48 passengers and three crew members was heading from Ventura County to Los Angeles. The injured people were taken to several hospitals.
8:42 A.M. (AP) - Authorities are questioning a truck driver involved in a crash with a commuter train that injured 28 people northwest of Los Angeles early Tuesday.
Scott Johnson, a spokesman for the Metrolink system whose train struck the truck around 5:44 a.m., says police in Oxnard found the driver and are questioning him.
Three cars of the five-car Metrolink train tumbled onto their sides in agricultural country 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Little was left of the truck, which stopped at a marked crossing. Some debris was in a nearby intersection and some close to the tracks.
Fire officials say four of the 28 injured are in critical condition.
Twenty-three people were not injured.
7:24 A.M. (AP) -- Dozens of people have been injured in the crash of a Southern California commuter train and a truck northwest of Los Angeles.
Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson tells the Los Angeles Times at least 30 people were injured in the crash early Tuesday.
The collision has toppled three of the train's passenger cars onto their sides. A fourth car is derailed but remains upright, along with the engine.
The scene is in Oxnard, about 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Original Post 7 A.M.: (AP) - Three cars of a Southern California Metrolink commuter train have derailed and tumbled onto their sides after a collision with a truck on tracks in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles.
Oxnard police Sgt. Denise Shadinger says the crash reported at 5:44 a.m. Tuesday caused a number of injuries.
Shadinger says the truck became fully engulfed in flames.
A KABC-TV news helicopter is showing firefighters treating numerous people at the scene.
Metrolink's website says the train was on a run from Ventura County to Los Angeles.