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Accident Report Detail

​Highway Accident Brief: Train and Truck Crash on Railroad Right-of-Way and Subsequent Fire

Executive Summary

​On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, in the predawn hours, Metrolink commuter train 102, operated by Amtrak, was en route from Oxnard, in Ventura County, California, to Los Angeles. As the train approached the South Rice Avenue grade crossing about 5:44 a.m., it collided with a 2005 Ford F450 service truck towing a 2000 Wells Cargo two-axle utility trailer. The truck driver had turned right from South Rice Avenue onto the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) track, and the truck became lodged on the track 80 feet west of the grade crossing. The train consisted of a cab/coach car in the lead, three coach cars, and a locomotive at the rear. It was occupied by three crew members (an engineer, a student engineer, and a conductor) and 51 passengers.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the Oxnard, California, crash was the truck driver mistakenly turning onto the railroad right-of-way due to acute fatigue and unfamiliarity with the area.

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Accident Location: Oxnard , CA USA  
Accident Date: 2/24/2015
Accident ID: HWY15MH006

Date Adopted: 11/15/2016
NTSB Number: HAB1607
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