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Updated 11:30 p.m. March 1, 2015

An Amtrak train heading toward Los Angeles hit a vehicle in Ventura County on Sunday night, just a few miles away from the site of last week’s big derailment, but there were no injuries and the train did not tip over, firefighters said.

The Ventura County Fire Department reported that the crash was at Fifth Street at Pleasant Valley Road, in Camarillo.

The crash was about 8 p.m. and involved Pacific Surfliner train 796 en route to Camarillo, Los Angeles and San Diego, Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz told City News Service. It originated in Goleta, and had stopped in Santa Barbara and Oxnard.

The two people in the vehicle — apparently a green sedan — had evacuated before the train arrived. After the crash, firefighters boarded the train to assess possible injuries, according to Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Mike Lindbery.

Schulz said there were 86 passenger aboard and they were bused to Los Angeles. He did not know the number of crew members on the train.

Scanner reports indicated the single-track Union Pacific rail line was blocked.

That grade crossing is, like the scene of the last crash, surrounded by agricultural fields. It is 3 miles east of the crossing at Rice Avenue in Oxnard, where the Metrolink commuter train hit a truck last Tuesday.

Twenty-eight train passengers and crew were injured then.

Heavy rain was falling tonight in Camarillo, which is about 50 miles west of Los Angeles.

— City News Service

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