Amtrak train crashes into big rig, closing Calif. freeway temporarily


The Pacific Surfliner train crashed into an “unoccupied tractor-trailer” near Camarillo, Calif., Amtrak told SFGATE in a statement. The accident occurred along state Route 118, according to a tweet from California Highway Patrol Moorpark.

There were 95 passengers and five employees on board.

The first car of the six-car train was derailed but remained upright. Five people were injured with mild to moderate injuries, and four were transported to the hospital, a spokesperson for the Ventura County Fire Department told SFGATE.

“The big rig driver was making a turn at the rail crossing when the truck apparently became stuck on the tracks,” according to NBC Los Angeles. State Route 118 between Balcom Canyon Road and state Route 34 (Somis Road) were closed for cleanup and repairs, according to CHP Moorpark. Drivers were directed to take alternate routes until it reopened Wednesday morning.

Following the crash, the railway company said, it provided passengers with alternate forms of transportation to their destinations. 

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