A Metrolink train hit an unoccupied vehicle that appeared to have stalled on the tracks at a crossing in Pacoima Friday, sending seven people to hospitals with moderate injuries.
The collision was reported at 11:10 a.m. and 10 passengers complaining of pain were evaluated by Los Angeles Fire Department parademics. Three declined further treatment and the remaining seven suffered fair-to-moderate injuries, according to LAFD spokesman Nicholas Prange.
The 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.