Southern California Amtrak Train Carrying 190 Passengers Derails Following Collision with Vehicle

by Gabriel Martinez
Amtrak train derailment

A collision with a vehicle on Wednesday resulted in the derailment of an Amtrak train, which was carrying 190 passengers, on tracks located in Southern California. Authorities have reported that only minor injuries occurred as a result of the incident.

Ventura County Fire Department Captain Brian McGrath reported that the crash in Moorpark led to three out of the seven cars of the train going off the rails.

The exact count of injured individuals was not immediately available. However, Captain McGrath assured that all recorded injuries were minor in nature.

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Remnants of the destroyed truck remained scattered on the tracks, with other parts laying close to the derailed train cars. Captain McGrath stated that the truck driver, who only sustained minor injuries, managed to exit the vehicle prior to the collision.

The derailed cars remained upright on a track segment adjacent to an orchard and vacant patches of land.

Captain McGrath reported that most passengers could leave the train independently or with assistance from first responders who were alerted around 11:20 a.m. A few individuals were transported to hospitals for further assessment, though the exact number was unknown at the time.

TV news footage revealed multiple people, some with luggage, gathered in a nearby field as firefighters managed the situation.

A small fire that had broken out was quickly extinguished by the crews, as reported by Captain McGrath.

Amtrak spokesperson Olivia Irvin stated that she was in the process of collecting additional information regarding the incident.

Moorpark, the city where the accident occurred, is home to approximately 35,000 residents and is situated 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Amtrak train derailment

What happened in Southern California involving an Amtrak train?

An Amtrak train carrying 190 passengers derailed after a collision with a truck on the tracks in Southern California.

When did the Amtrak train derailment occur?

The derailment occurred on Wednesday and first responders were alerted around 11:20 a.m.

Where did the Amtrak train derailment happen?

The train derailment took place in Moorpark, a city located about 50 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, in Southern California.

How many passengers were onboard the train at the time of the incident?

There were 190 passengers on the train at the time of the derailment.

Were there any casualties in the train derailment?

No casualties were reported. However, there were minor injuries among some passengers and the truck driver.

How many train cars were derailed in the incident?

Three out of the seven cars of the train went off the rails as a result of the collision.

What happened to the truck involved in the collision?

Parts of the demolished truck remained on the tracks, and other sections were found near the derailed train cars. The truck driver managed to escape before the collision with only minor injuries.

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Traveler_Tom June 28, 2023 - 11:37 pm

Yikes! I’m supposed to take an Amtrak train next week for vacation. Now I’m second-guessing that decision…

Benjamin67 June 29, 2023 - 3:35 am

why was a truck on the train tracks?? seems pretty avoidable to me.

SafetyFirst22 June 29, 2023 - 4:47 am

this is y we need better railway safety measures. Glad everyone’s alright tho!

Lisa_M June 29, 2023 - 2:23 pm

Thoughts and prayers for all those involved. Could’ve been much worse.

MichealR June 29, 2023 - 5:49 pm

Wow, cant believe it, Amtrak trains are usually very safe. Glad no one got seriously hurt…

AnnieP June 29, 2023 - 10:28 pm

I live near Moorpark, crazy to think something like this happened so close. Makes you think twice about taking the train.


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