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21 Injured in L.A. Train Derailment

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Jarod Cassidy2 years ago

A Los Angeles commuter train derailed on Saturday after striking a car near the University of Southern California. Reports indicate 21 people were injured in the incident, two of them seriously.

Details of the L.A. Train Derailment

Reuters reports the accident occurred around 11 a.m. at a crossing on Exposition Boulevard.

A preliminary investigation suggests the silver Hyundai Sonata was traveling eastbound on the boulevard, alongside the commuter train, when it attempted to turn in front of the train. The resulting collision caused the lead train car to leave the tracks and crash through a metal fence.

The train’s operator suffered serious injuries, and the driver of the Sonata was reported to be in “grave condition.” Emergency responders had to use the jaws of life to extract the driver of the Sonata from his vehicle.

At least 19 other people sustained minor injuries, 10 of which were transported to area hospitals for treatment.

Last month, 50 people were injured and one person was killed when a Los Angeles-bound Metrolink Train derailed after colliding a pickup truck.

2014 Train Accident Statistics

The following statistics are based on preliminary data obtained by the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of Safety Analysis:

  • In 2014, there were 2,280 railroad crossing accidents resulting in 267 deaths and 832 injuries.
  • This marked an increase over 2013 when 2,096 accidents and 231 deaths were reported.
  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), three out of every four crashes occurred within miles of the motorist’s home and fifty percent occurred within five miles of the motorist’s home.
  • Motorists are 20 times more likely to die in an accident involving a train than an accident involving another motor vehicle.


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