2 Amtrak Trains Collide At Oakland’s Jack London Square Station

OAKLAND (CBS 5 / KCBS) — Authorities said 16 people were injured when two Amtrak passenger trains collided at the Jack London Square station in Oakland on Wednesday night.

According to officials, train 14 from Los Angeles was stopped at the station around 10 p.m., when it was struck by San Joaquin train 717 from Bakersfield. Train 14 was a Coast Starlight train bound for Seattle.

Oakland Fire Department battalion chief Emon Usher said the second train was traveling at a speed estimated to be about 15 to 20 miles per hour.

Usher said most of the injuries were minor, but that several people were taken to local hospitals.

Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole described the crash as it as a “low speed” collision. He said the wheels of each lead engine went off the track.

Officials had no estimate on when the trains would be cleared from the scene.

All train traffic has been temporarily suspended at the station.

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