On February 24, a deadly train accident occurred just outside of Los Angeles when a train struck a pickup truck at a crossing. Now, the National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report about the accident and some of the details about what its investigation revealed.
According to the federal investigators who put together the report, the accident occurred when the pickup truck driver mistakenly making a turn and driving over the tracks of a commuter railroad. He was trying to make a right turn on to the road but turned too early, which led to him turning on to the railroad instead. He attempted to back up to get out of the way in time but was stuck, and when he saw the Metrolink train approaching, he abandoned his Ford F450 truck, turned on the hazard lights and headlights and got out of the way.
A student engineer on the train sounded the horn and attempted to hit the emergency brakes, but the train was not able to come to a stop before the truck. The collision resulted in the death of the train’s principal engineer and injuries to 31 passengers and two members of the crew.
The pickup driver was originally arrested in relation to the accident, but was released, with authorities saying they would decide later whether they would press any charges.
The safety board is still putting together a full report with all of its conclusions about what it found in its investigation, but much of what it has released in its preliminary report is consistent with the reports that came out around the time of the accident.
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