Dozens are Injured After Collision Between Two Light Rail Trains in Sacramento, California
SACRAMENTO, CA – According to online news reports at sfchronicle.com and sacbee.com, thirteen individuals sustained injuries earlier this week when two light rail trains collided in Sacramento, California.*
A passenger light-rail train rear-ended another light-rail train that was stopped on the tracks so that workers could perform routine maintenance in the nighttime hours, per the Sacramento Regional Transit. There were a total of 27 passengers on the two trains, where there were twenty-four on the one passenger train and three located on the train that was conducting maintenance. thirteen individuals sustained injuries. Twelve had minor injuries and one had moderate injuries, per the transit agency. Everyone else was released at the scene. The crash occurred just a few hundred yards from the Regional Transit’s maintenance facility.
The accident occurred in an isolated and dark area of rails located parallel to Del Paso Park and Roseville Road where the Regional Transit tracks cross Arcade Creek. The scene of the accident occurred between Regional Transit’s Winter Street station, where the tracks cross into Sacramento City limits under Interstate 80, and Marconi Avenue.
At least fifteen emergency vehicles were dispatched to the scene, with over 40 firefighters and eight first responders, according to the chief of the Sacramento Fire Department.
The commuter vehicles remained closed the next morning following the accident as the investigation of the crash continued, which remains ongoing. A spokesperson from the National Transportation Safety Board indicated that the federal agency will be sending a team of investigators to the crash scene to determine what happened.
The National Transportation Safety Board along with the California Public Utilities Commission and the Sacramento Regional Transit were currently conducting independent investigations of the accident. During these agencies’ review, a bus bridge was put in place to transport passengers between the Marconi/Arcade Station and the Roseville Road Station.
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Sources:https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Train-derails-in-Sacramento-22-people-injured-14372493.php and https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article234297422.html
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