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Some Metrolink passengers bused after freight train derailment

September 27, 2011 |  7:01 am

Metrolink train
A train derailment in Pacoima was forcing Metrolink to use buses Tuesday morning instead of some trains between Burbank and the high desert, an agency spokeswoman said.

The derailed freight train on northbound Union Pacific tracks, which Metrolink uses, still had not been moved after its derailment Monday night, officials said. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Early southbound morning commute trains from Lancaster to Union Station would experience 10- to 15-minute delays, said Laura Magness, a Metrolink spokeswoman.

However, two trains leaving Union Station for the high desert will be stopped in Burbank and passengers will be loaded onto buses, which will make all the stops the train would normally make, she said.

The affected trains are 201 and 203, Magness said.

Later in the morning, two southbound trains from Lancaster (8:55 a.m. departure) and Via Princessa in the Santa Clarita Valley (8:52 a.m. departure) will be replaced with buses to Burbank, where passengers will be placed on trains to Union Station, Magness said.


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Photo: A Metrolink train in 2010. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times