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Collision Between Commuter Train and Pickup Truck, Oxnard, CA


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  • Accident No: HWY15MH006
  • Accident Type: Office of Highway Safety
  • Location: Oxnard, CA
  • Date: 2/24/2015

Docket

About 5:44 a.m. (local time) on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, a Metrolink commuter train collided with a truck tractor in combination with a van semitrailer at an active railroad grade crossing in Oxnard, Ventura County, California.  The grade crossing, located at Rice Road was protected by a combination of crossing gates, and both post and cantilever mounted flashing lights.  The Metrolink train was identified as train #102 and was en-route from east Ventura County to Los Angeles when it struck the combination vehicle at the crossing.  As a result of the crash, four (4) train cars derailed; with three of them overturning and coming to rest on their sides.  A portion of the semitrailer remained adjacent to the crossing and the remaining portion of the combination vehicle was carried down the tracks.  Thirty (30) train occupants received injuries of varying degree and no fatalities occurred.  The truck driver was reportedly uninjured

Robert Accetta is leading the team as investigator-in-charge. NTSB Board Member Robert L. Sumwalt is accompanying the team and will serve as the principal spokesman during the on-scene phase of the investigation.

Public Affairs Officer Terry Williams will also be on-scene in California to coordinate media-related activities. He can be reached at Terry.Williams@ntsb.gov or by mobile phone at (202)557-1350.

Contact: NTSB Media Relations
Terry Williams
(202) 314-6100
Terry.williams@ntsb.gov