Metrolink trains sit at platforms at Los Angeles Union Station. Photo by John Schreiber.
Example of Metrolink trains – not one in the story – at platforms at Los Angeles Union Station. photo by John Schreiber.

It was a bad day for trains hitting vehicles Friday as a Metrolink train slammed into an unoccupied vehicle in Pacoima and a Union Pacific Freight train crashed into another unoccupied vehicle in Montebello.

Seven passengers on the Metrolink train in Pacoima suffered fair-to-moderate injuries and three others complained of pain but declined treatment, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange.

No injuries were reported in the Union Pacific Montebello crash.

The Metrolink Pacoima collision was reported at 11:10 a.m.

That train traveled a few hundred yards after hitting the vehicle at a crossing near Paxton Street, finally stopping near Van Nuys Boulevard, Prange said.

The train was first reported as belonging to Amtrak, but it turned out to be an Amtrak locomotive pulling Metrolink passenger cars on Metrolink’s 212 line.

The tracks were temporarily shut down and traffic on San Fernando Road was slowed due to fire equipment in place at the scene. As of 12:22 p.m., the 212 line was moving again, but operating with a delay of an hour and 40 minutes due to the accident, according to Metrolink’s online alert system.

Hours earlier, a Union Pacific freight train struck a vehicle on the tracks in Montebello, and the Metrolink Riverside Line was affected.

That Montebello crash occurred about 4:10 a.m. near Union Street and Rosemead Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

It was unclear what led to the crash, but the train crew was not hurt, according to a spokesman for Union Pacific Railroad. He said the vehicle was believed to be unoccupied, and the crash did not occur at a crossing.

Union Pacific is coordinating with the LASD to investigate the incident, which caused the closure of westbound tracks about 4:45 a.m. between Metrolink’s Industry and Montebello stations, delaying Riverside Line 401 to Los Angeles.

Trains for Line 401 kept moving, but with a delay of about 30 minutes due to the crash, according to Metrolink.

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