One Dead, 6 Hurt in Ventura County Amtrak Train Derailment : LUSENET : Grassroots Information Coordination Center (GICC) : One Thread

Nov 4, 2000 - 05:11 PM

One Dead, 6 Hurt in Ventura County Train Derailment The Associated Press

MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) - An Amtrak train carrying 88 people derailed Saturday after striking a truck on the tracks, killing one person and injuring six others, a fire department spokeswoman said. Three of the five passenger cars derailed in the crash, said Ventura County Fire Department spokeswoman Sandi Wells.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene, and six people were taken to area hospitals, one in critical condition, Wells said.

Wells said the train struck a tree-trimming truck at a crossing on private property three miles west of Moorpark, which is about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The crossing was marked with a sign but had no gates or lights, she said.

The train was traveling west from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara on Amtrak's second busiest route.


-- Carl Jenkins (, November 04, 2000

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