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Truck Driver Arrested After Leaving Scene of Train Crash

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Farren Washington3 years ago

The driver of a pickup truck for unknown reasons abandoned his vehicle on some rail tracks, leading to a train crash that left three cars derailed and dozens injured in Southern California on Tuesday.

Description of the California Train Crash

According to Fox News, Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, 54, left his Ford F-450 pickup truck on the train tracks at the crash site in Oxnard, CA. 

Three cars of a Metrolink train tumbled onto their sides, injuring dozens of people. Federal investigators have said they are still trying to determine why Sanchez-Ramirez left his truck in the first place. The four passenger cars remained largely intact as did the locomotive.

Police found Sanchez-Ramirez 1.6 miles from the crossing forty-five minutes after the crash. Eight people were admitted to the hospital of the thirty people who were originally examined. Four were in critical condition, including the train's engineer. 

Sanchez-Ramirez was briefly hospitalized before being arrested on suspicion of a felony hit-and-run. The truck was demolished, but investigators stated that the intact engine may give some clues as to what really happened. Video and data recorders from the train were recovered, and sent to Washington for analysis.

Crossing Collisions and Casualties Statistics

  • According to Operation Lifesaver, a motorist is almost twenty times more likely to die in a collision involving a train than in a crash involving another motor vehicle. 
  • Nearly half of all collisions at railroad crossings occur where automatic warning devices such as flashing lights or flashing lights with gates are present and are functioning properly. 
  • There are approximately 3,000 train accidents every year and 1,000 people die as a result of these accidents. 
  • In Los Angeles County, a total of 2,334 railroad accidents were recorded from 1998 up to 2007. There were 134 total fatalities, and 1,839 were injured. 


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