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Train, tractor-trailer collide in Newhall

Three injured in Saturday night incident

Posted: October 7, 2012 12:14 p.m.
Updated: October 7, 2012 12:14 p.m.

Firefighters assist a handicapped passenger from the Metrolink train that collided with a tractor-trailer rig in Newhall on Saturday night. Photo by Rick McClure

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A commuter train carrying more than 200 passengers struck a semi that was stalled on the tracks in Newhall on Saturday night, leaving three people with minor injuries, authorities said.

The crash involving Metrolink Train No. 271 and the truck hauling automobiles occurred about 9:30 p.m. Saturday ear Pine Street south of Newhall Avenue, according to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Office investigators.

 

The semi driver was able to get out of the truck before the crash, said Deputy Joshua Dubin.

Three of the train's 220 passengers had minor injuries and were treated at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Dubin said. No one else was hurt.

A Metrolink passenger told KHTS-AM in Santa Clarita that he didn't feel an impact, but the effect was as if the train's driver suddenly slammed on the brakes.

"It was just kind of a hard stop," the passenger said.

Officials weren't sure how fast the train was going but said the truck spilled diesel fuel and its cab was heavily damaged. The train did not derail but remained at the scene.

The rail line provided buses for the passengers to continue their journeys.

 

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