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Oxnard Rail Crossing Known Hazard

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Jarod Cassidy2 years ago

Data shows that the California railroad crossing where a commuter train collided with a truck-and-trailer earlier this week has been the scene of several fatal accidents over the years, leaving experts to wonder why the intersection lacks a highway overpass.

Details of Oxnard Train Accident

According to Reuters, 50 people were injured early Tuesday morning when a Metrolink commuter train collided with a pickup truck at a railroad crossing in Oxnard, California, about 45 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The collision resulted in four double-decker commuter cars derailing, three of which overturned. The Ford F-450 that was struck by the train burst into flames following the collision.

Authorities responded to the scene of the accident just after 5:45 am. 50 people were reported to have been injured in the accident with four people sustaining serious injuries.

Crossing Scene of Multiple Fatal Accident

Reports now indicate that the crossing is a known safety hazard and has been the scene of a number of fatal accidents over the years, most recently in June 2014.

In fact, the Oxnard junction has been the scene of at least five other accidents since 2008, including the previously mentioned 2014 accident which left two young men dead and another in a 2010 accident that left a woman injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) believes the high rate of accidents at the intersection is due to the junction being a “grade crossing.” Grade crossings are junctions in which roadways and railways actually intersect, as opposed to overpass junctions in which the roadway passes over the railway or vise-versa.

The NTSB is working on a campaign to raise awareness about such intersections. The transportation authority investigates about 2,000 grade crossing accidents every year which result in about 250 deaths.

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