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article imageTwo Trains Collided Friday In California, 10 Confirmed Dead

By KJ Mullins     Sep 13, 2008 in Travel
An unknown number of people are trapped in a passenger car after a tragic train wreck Friday afternoon in the Chatsworth area of the San Fernando Valley killing at least 10. A freight train collided head on with a passenger train carrying 222 people.
A Metrolink commuter car has been destroyed by fire. Firefighters have been able to extinguish the blaze. They worked for hours to free people from the car left toppled on its side. The engine was shoved back into the passenger area.
Two of the other passenger cars remained upright.
The freight train's engine was also turned onto its side, the rest of the train toppled.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has told reporters that 10 people have been confirmed dead and that toll could rise. There are more than 100 passengers that were injured in the crash.
Fire Chief Dennis Barry stated that the victims are piled on top of each other.
Surgeons have been sent to the scene. Area hospitals have started to receive the injured and are prepped for more.
One of those that has been confirmed dead is a Los Angeles police officer.
As Yahoo reports:
A male passenger told KNBC-TV he boarded the Metrolink train in suburban Burbank and was talking with a fellow passenger when the crash occurred.
"Within an instant I was in my friend's lap. It was so quick. It was devastating," he said. The man was visibly injured, but able to walk with the aid of firefighters. The man said he was involved in a devastating 2005 Metrolink crash in Glendale and was talking about it with the other passenger when Friday's crash occurred.
The spokeswoman for Metrolink, Denise Tyrrell broke down while speaking to the press about the disaster. She stated that she was not sure what caused the wreck.
The condition of the two two crew members on the freight train are not known at this time.
The passenger train had left Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and was headed northwest to Moorpark in Ventura County. The area where the crash occurred has been the scene of numerous accidents in the past 10 years. There is a 18-mile stretch that has a reputation for being trouble.
The accident will be investigated by the Federal Railroad Administration.
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