Sixteen people were hospitalized Wednesday, 28 June, when an Amtrak train collided with a public works truck and skidded off the rails in Moorpark, Calif. Officials said the 10-car Amtrak Coast Starlight passenger train was going northbound from Los Angeles to Seattle when it collided with the truck at about 11:15 a.m. PT.
According to the Ventura County Fire Department‘s Public Information Officer-
The train’s 186 passengers and 13 crew members were evacuated. 16 patients were sent to area hospitals, 15 of whom had minor injuries. According to the agency, the truck driver was transferred to a trauma facility.
Have a look at the Tweet that Ventura County Fire Department officially posted on June 29-
#Gabbert; Incident Update: 16 total patients transported – 1 addl pt w/ a minor medical emergency. VC Human Services Agency, VC EMS, VCSO, and the Red Cross continue to support passengers taken to the reunification center. VCFD fire and EMS crews have cleared the scene. pic.twitter.com/kPpJKPVLRk
— VCFD PIO (@VCFD_PIO) June 29, 2023
Most passenger injuries were described as mild in statements from multiple local agencies, but other passengers told reporters that it was a frightening and unpleasant occurrence.
A passenger Theresa Darragh told the Ventura County Star, “I thought we were goners.”
Kimberly Mathews, a passenger in Darragh’s car, explained to the media source how the crash left her with shoulder and back pain from striking the steps.
Three of the train’s seven passenger cars derailed due to the collision, but all remained upright. The train’s luggage car began to spew smoke, but the fire was immediately put out, according to the fire service.
The Ventura County Public Works tanker truck involved in the accident was on a level-grade crossing as the company’s workers were cleaning a nearby channel.
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Capt. Dean Worthy of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office described the outlet’s location as “a remote farm road.” Despite the lack of electronic crossing arms, images reveal the crossing has a stop sign.
On Wednesday, traffic on Highway 118, which runs alongside the rails, slowed to a crawl as drivers paused to observe the scene of passengers, emergency personnel, and passengers.
“Some of the cars have derailed but are still upright,” the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department tweeted.
Police and fire officials are on scene of a train vs vehicle traffic collision in the city of Moorpark. Some of the cars have derailed but are still upright.
PIO representatives are enroute to the scene and we will provide further updates. Please monitor our social medias. pic.twitter.com/k5rRpz147d
— Ventura County Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) June 28, 2023
According to the Ventura County Fire Department, the train included eight cars: 2 coaches, 3 sleepers, 1 Dinner, 1 lounge, 1 Baggage car, 2 locomotives. The fire brigade stated that three vehicles derailed but did not specify which ones.
#Gabbert Incident Update: Per Amtrak – accurate count of cars and locomotives involved is:
1 Baggage car
— VCFD PIO (@VCFD_PIO) June 28, 2023
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