Metrolink Trains Collide Near Downtown, Killing At Least Nine

Two northbound Metrolink commuter trains derailed early Wednesday near downtown,
killing at least nine people and injuring more than 100 others, according to news reports.

One of the commuter trains was propelled into a Union Pacific locomotive that was
parked on a side track overnight, Union Pacific spokesman John Bromley said. He
said that the track on which the crash occurred is owned and operated by Metrolink.

L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca told reporters that a Jeep Cherokee struck a train
at a railroad crossing near San Fernando Road and Chevy Chase Drive in the vicinity
of Atwater Village. That collision led to a chain reaction that caused one of the
Metrolink trains to derail and smash into the Union Pacific train. A second Metrolink
train was then struck.

Baca told reporters that the driver of the SUV was alive.

One of the commuter trains was headed from Union Station to downtown Burbank,
and the other was bound to Union Station from Moorpark.


  1. jakeonthebox on 01.27.2005

    And he probably wont… heard he could get the death penalty.

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