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10 killed when freight, commuter trains collide near Los Angeles

 
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10 killed when freight, commuter trains collide near Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Ten people were killed and many others injured Friday when a Metrolink train packed with hundreds of rush-hour commuters collided with a freight train in suburban Los Angeles, officials said.

A commuter rail car lies on its side after a collision Friday near Los Angeles, California.

The apparent head-on collision between Metrolink train 111 and the Union Pacific train occurred about 4:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. ET) in Chatsworth, a suburb northwest of Los Angeles. It sparked a fire that was brought under control.

Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said 10 people had died, as rescuers continued to search the wreckage.

An estimated 350 to 400 people were on the commuter train, which was heading north, said Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell. Passengers were still being evacuated, she said. Three passenger cars and one locomotive were involved in the crash.

At least one car from the commuter train had derailed and was lying on its side.

Five victims -- three males and two females, all in critical condition -- were received at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, said spokeswoman Natasha Shows. More are expected, she said, as ambulances from the hospital remain at the scene.

The Associated Press reported that firefighters pulled passengers out a rear door and down a ladder from the toppled commuter car, which had been separated from the rest of the train by several feet. Crumpled and charred freight cars were strewn across the tracks, the AP said, and dazed and injured passengers sat on the ground and milled about on both sides of the tracks.

Video from the scene showed a number of injured people lying on blankets. Passersby had attempted to free some passengers from the train cars before fire and rescue crews arrived. A helicopter was on the scene, ferrying people to hospitals. Watch a report on the collision »

CNN affiliate KCAL reported about two dozen people were injured.

The AP said that one of the largest medical facilities in the area, Northridge Hospital Medical Center, was told to prepare for the arrival of injured passengers, according to hospital spokeswoman Christina Zicklin.

"We are expecting some people. I don't know the number yet," she said, according to AP.

Tyrrell said the train left Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and was headed northwest to Moorpark in Ventura County, according to AP.

"We don't know if we hit another train or another train hit us," Tyrrell said, according to AP.

The cause of the collision is unknown.

The AP said the crash happened in an area where the tracks form a "U" shape, about 2,500 feet (762 meters) wide. At the top of the bend is a 500-foot-long tunnel that runs beneath Stoney Point Park, popular with climbers for its large boulders, the AP reported.

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09/12/2008 11:02 PM
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Re: 10 killed when freight, commuter trains collide near Los Angeles
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09/12/2008 11:03 PM
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Re: 10 killed when freight, commuter trains collide near Los Angeles
It's up to 20 now. :(
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09/14/2008 02:23 PM
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Re: 10 killed when freight, commuter trains collide near Los Angeles
It's up to 20 now. :(
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