Metrolink train 102 derailed in Oxnard after the five-car commuter train collided with a produce truck on the tracks, causing three of the cars to derail, injuring 28. The crash occurred around 5:40 a.m. near the intersection of East 5th Street and South Rice Avenue. Contrary to early reports, no fatalities have been reported. The driver of the truck fled the scene, but was later arrested. It is currently unknown why the vehicle was on the tracks, but authorities believe that the crash was avoidable.
According to authorities, 51 people were aboard the train when it derailed after the collision. Two of the five cars remained upright on the tracks, with the other three coming to rest on their side. Most of the cars were installed with new, shock-deflecting technology, designed to push the force of a crash away from the passengers. This new safety design may be credited with saving lives. 28 riders, including the train’s engineer, were taken to local hospitals for injuries. Four of the victims were listed in critical condition.
The area of railway where the crash occurred is a single line that carries many trains, including Metrolink and Amtrak. All trains have been canceled until further notice. East 5th Street and South Rice Avenue were also closed near the collision scene.
This is a developing news story.