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Truck driver killed in Metrolink crash near El Monte

March 20, 2010 | 12:19 pm

A Metrolink train crashed Saturday morning into a Union Pacific maintenance truck on a train crossing east of El Monte, killing the pickup truck's driver and injuring two train passengers.

A Metrolink train collided with a Union Pacific maintenance pickup truck Saturday morning at a crossing east of El Monte, killing the truck's driver and sending two train passengers to local hospitals.

Metrolink train No. 354 was heading eastbound from Union Station to San Bernardino when the crash occurred at about 9:20 a.m. on the crossing at Temple Avenue, near Valley Boulevard and the 605 Freeway, said Metrolink spokeswoman Angie Starr.

The track crossing straddles the City of Industry and the unincorporated community of Bassett, east of the San Gabriel River.

The collision halted train traffic in both directions on the San Bernardino line. Buses were ferrying train passengers so they could detour around the accident site. At about 11:30 a.m., the remaining passengers on the train involved in the crash were waiting for buses to arrive.

There were more than 130 people on the train, including two crew members and two law enforcement personnel.

--- Rong-Gong Lin II

Updated: 4:19 p.m.: Railroad worker killed in Metrolink crash near El Monte


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Image: Map of accident location