OXNARD (CBS SF) — At least 30 people were injured when a Southern California Metrolink train derailed Tuesday morning after colliding with a tractor trailer on the tracks in Ventura County, officials said. That crash followed three other train versus vehicle crashes in Northern California Monday.
Oxnard Police Sgt. Denise Shadinger said the crash, reported at 5:44 a.m., caused four train cars to derail and the truck became fully engulfed in flames.
“For some reason there was a tractor trailer on the tracks there at Rice Avenue and Train 102 collided with it,” said Scott Johnson of Metrolink.
At least 30 people have been injured and taken to Ventura County Medical Center or St. John’s Hospital in Oxnard, Metrolink said. No fatalities were reported.
The Ventura County Line 102 train, which was headed southbound to Los Angeles when it crashed near 5th Avenue and Rice Street in Oxnard, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.
“For%20some reason there was a tractor trailer on the tracks there at Rice Avenue and Train 102 collided with it,” said Scott Johnson of Metrolink.
Metrolink reported that all Ventura County trains will experience extensive delays due to the accident.
Tuesday’s crash follows three Northern California rail crashes.
A Caltrain struck and killed a man in a tunnel near the San Francisco station Monday evening. The southbound train was out of service when it struck the man in the tunnel near Mariposa Street shortly after 9 p.m. Earlier Monday, a woman in a car on the tracks in Menlo Park was hit and killed by a Caltrain, and a Union Pacific freight train hit a car on the tracks in Morgan Hill Monday afternoon.
On social media, Bay Area listeners and viewers are commenting on the dangers at increasingly busy train crossings.