Southern California Amtrak Train Carrying 198 Passengers Derails after Collision with Truck

by Gabriel Martinez
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Authorities have reported a derailment incident involving an Amtrak train carrying approximately 200 passengers in Southern California. The train struck a county water truck, leading to its derailment on Wednesday, and critically injured the truck’s driver.

Ventura County Fire Department Captain Brian McGrath reported that the collision in Moorpark resulted in three out of seven train cars derailing. Following the incident, fourteen train passengers sustained minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals. The truck driver, with a severe head injury, was rushed to a trauma center, stated McGrath.

Remnants of the ruined Ventura County Public Works truck were found strewn around the derailed train cars. Initially, it was speculated that the driver may have exited the truck before the collision; however, McGrath later rectified that the actual pre-crash events are still unclear.

He clarified, “No one’s spoken to him yet, so the investigation into the entire situation is ongoing.”

The derailed cars were found upright on tracks bordering an orchard and empty parcels of land.

Mindy Faver, one of the passengers, was returning from Oregon after visiting family with her mother, Shari Peterson. She recounted the sudden collision, stating that the impact was abrupt and severe. Faver saw what she later recognized as the water truck’s tank roll past her window.

McGrath confirmed that the majority of the passengers were able to evacuate the train cars either independently or with the help of first responders. Aerial footage from TV news helicopters captured several passengers, many carrying luggage, in an open field as firefighters attended the scene.

Speaking to the Ventura County Star, Faver noted, “It could have been a lot worse.”

The Amtrak train, en route to Los Angeles from Seattle, hit the water truck that was obstructing the tracks around 11:15 a.m., according to an official Amtrak statement.

The statement further read, “The train had about 198 passengers and 13 crew members onboard who were safely evacuated, with no reports of serious injuries. Amtrak is assisting customers with alternate travel arrangements and, in conjunction with local authorities, is conducting a thorough investigation.”

A small fire that broke out following the accident was rapidly extinguished by crews, added McGrath.

Moorpark, the city where the incident took place, is home to around 35,000 residents and is approximately 50 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about train derailment

What caused the Amtrak train derailment in Southern California?

The Amtrak train derailed after colliding with a county water truck that was obstructing the tracks in Southern California.

How many passengers were on board the derailed train?

Approximately 198 passengers were on board the Amtrak train when it derailed after the collision.

Were there any serious injuries reported?

There were no reports of serious injuries among the passengers on the derailed train. However, the truck driver sustained critical injuries and was taken to a trauma center.

What actions were taken to evacuate the passengers?

Most of the passengers were able to evacuate the train cars either on their own or with the assistance of first responders. They were quickly evacuated from the scene.

Was there a fire following the train derailment?

Yes, a small fire broke out as a result of the collision, but emergency crews were able to swiftly extinguish it.

What is the current status of the investigation?

A full investigation is being conducted by Amtrak in coordination with local authorities to determine the circumstances leading up to the train derailment and collision with the truck.

Where did the train derailment occur?

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

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NewsJunkie42 June 29, 2023 - 9:37 am

Amtrak & truck crash in CA! Crazy stuff. Investigation needed to find out why this happen’d. Stay safe, peeps!

TravelBug77 June 29, 2023 - 11:18 am

Amtrak train hit truck & derailed! So scary! Passengers injured but not seriouzly. Hope they recover soon!

InfoSeeker2023 June 29, 2023 - 2:51 pm

Amtrak, truck collision, passenger injuries – this incident has so many questions. Waiting for the investigation results.

TrainSpotter23 June 29, 2023 - 7:31 pm

Train derailment in Moorpark, CA. Thankful it wasn’t worse. Big kudos to emergency crews for their quick response!

TrainLover88 June 30, 2023 - 1:47 am

omg train derailment in SoCal?!!! wat happened??


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