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2 critically injured when Metrolink train hits pickup truck involved in car crash

December 23, 2009 | 10:35 am


Two people, including an infant, were critically injured shortly after 7 this morning when a northbound Metrolink commuter train collided with a pickup truck that was involved in a car crash in the San Fernando Valley, authorities said.

Map Witnesses told investigators the pickup truck was pushed onto the tracks after it collided with a Toyota Corolla on North San Fernando Road near Branford Street, said Metrolink spokeswoman Angie Starr.

She said the train hit only the pickup truck. But L.A. Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said investigators were still determining whether the sedan may also have ended up on the tracks and been struck by the train. 

The four occupants in the two vehicles were taken to a hospital for treatment. They were a man, a woman and an infant in the sedan and a man in the pickup truck, Humphrey said.

The infant and the pickup truck driver were critically injured, he said.

About eight of the 30 or so passengers on the train reported minor injuries, Starr said. Two of them were taken to the hospital at their request.

Starr identified the train as Antelope Valley Line train No. 201, which departed from Los Angeles, bound for Lancaster, at 6:35 a.m. It remained upright and on the tracks.

The crash shut down the route until authorities could move the train with the remaining passengers to the nearby Sylmar-San Fernando station, she said.

Metrolink is offering bus service between Newhall and Los Angeles.

-- Alexandra Zavis

Photos: Metrolink train crash

Photo: An investigator checks the wreckage of two vehicles after a collision with a Metrolink commuter train early this morning. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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