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Dozens injured, 4 critically in California train crash

Dozens injured, 4 critically in California train crash

A Southern California commuter train slammed into a truck and derailed in a rural area near Oxnard on Tuesday, injuring dozens of people including four critically, authorities said. The truck caught fire and three Metrolink rail cars derailed and toppled over after the crash shortly before 6 a.m. At least one other car derailed but stayed upright.635603710102298022-Screen-Shot-2015-02-24-at-10.36.15-AM

Twenty-eight people were transported to area hospitals with injuries that ranged from “significant head trauma” to back and neck injuries, said Steve Carroll of Ventura County Medical Services. Twenty-three people did not require transportation to medical services, Carroll said. Sergio Martinez, a battalion chief for the Oxnard Fire Department, said the truck driver fled the scene and that authorities found him unhurt and took him into custody.

Local resident Jorge Garcia, 56, told the Los Angeles Times was getting ready for work when he heard the crash. “I just heard a bang and then an explosion,” Garcia told the newspaper. “It was a big old boom. And then the ambulances started. … You could see it was something big.”

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a “go-team” to investigate the crash in Oxnard, about 75 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. The Federal Railroad Administration said its investigators were en route and would “conduct a thorough investigation to determine the factors that contributed to this accident.