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5 hospitalized after Amtrak train car derails in Calif. crash

The Amtrak train crashed into a parked semi-truck, causing the lead car to derail, the Ventura County Fire Department said


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By Jeremy Childs
Los Angeles Times

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. — A train car derailed and five people were hospitalized after an Amtrak train crashed into a parked semi-truck, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

The crash occurred around 6:20 p.m. near Sand Canyon Road and East Los Angeles Avenue, also known as California 118, in the unincorporated community of Somis.

The train, an Amtrak Pacific SurfLiner headed south toward Los Angeles, crashed into a semi that was stopped on the level-grade railroad crossing, according to VCFD spokesman Andy VanSciver.

Five people were injured in the crash, which involved six train cars, though only the lead car derailed.

Four of those hospitalized suffered minor injuries, while the fifth suffered minor to moderate injuries, according to authorities. The train was carrying 90 passengers and five train employees.

California 118 was closed between Balcom Canyon Road and Somis Road, also known as California 34, and was expected to remain shut down until the morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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