It was a bad Friday morning that started with a collision between a big rig and Metrolink train. The train winding its way along Camarillo hit a big-rig truck and injured two people. It also disrupted the train and the road commuters for hours.
At 5:50 o’clock, the collision between the two vehicles was reported to have taken place along the east of Pleasant Valley Road’s 5th St. near the agricultural field with the semi-truck clinging on its side. Police had to block the intersection of 5th Street and Las Posas Road until 11 in the morning.
According to Sgt. Bruce Clark of CHP, the train was going east when the truck appeared turning towards a field. The truck was towing flatbed carrying 10 450-pound canisters of methyl bromide which is an agricultural fumigant.
The train tried to slow down but it was too late to avoid hitting the truck. The truck smashed against the frontal part of the train causing extensive damage and lots of broken windows.
The operator of the truck and a single train passenger were transported to the hospital. The passenger was having chest pains but the condition of the truck driver was not made available.
The CHP confirmed that none of the chemicals were spilled. Train operator, the Union Pacific Railroad was informed and they halted all trains passing the area.
The train started from Ventura’s Montalvo Metrolink station and was on its way to the Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. With the 31 train passengers were two Metrolink employees.
Passengers were taken off the train after a two-hour wait and some took a bus or were taken to the Oxnard Transportation Center to continue their journey.
Officials reported that the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the CHP, the Ventura County Fire Department and the Ventura county Environmental Health Division all gave assistance to the collision,
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