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Bay Area Amtrak Train Crash Injures 18 People

By Kelly Balamuth on October 19, 2011

In the Bay Area’s second Amtrak train accident in the past two weeks, eighteen people were injured when two passenger trains collided at the Jack London Amtrak Station in Oakland., according to officials. An Amtrak spokesman told Reuters that the locomotive of the San Joaquin train (carrying eight people) collided directly into a stopped Coast Starlight (carrying 137 people, who sustained the majority of injuries) on Wednesday, October 12 around 10:00 p.m.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the accident occurred when the San Joaquin train ran through a red light and hit the Starlight, which was stopped while loading and unloading passengers. The Coast Starlight was traveling from Los Angeles to Seattle, while the San Joaquin was going from Bakersfield to Oakland. The spokesman for Amtrak said that none of the injuries appeared to be severe and that the crash was classified as “slow moving”; however, the exact speed of the train was not known. According to the Fire Department, several passengers were immediately immobilized by emergency medical professionals as a safety measure in the event of spinal injuries, while one individual suffered a broken arm.

All those affected by the crash were taken to, and treated at, a nearby hospital in the area. Service inbound and outbound was halted through Thursday morning, and representatives from Amtrak and Union Pacific Freight Railroad (the track’s owner ) will examine the accident under the direction of federal officials. Have you been injured in a train accident in Northern California? Contact the Bay Area personal injury lawyers Balamuth Harrington at 1(888)254-1234 for a complimentary consultation.

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