Recent California Metro Train Accidents
Since February, the Los Angeles area has had two metro train accidents involving passenger vehicles. First, there was the Oxnard Metrolink accident in February, and the less-publicized Metrolink accident near USC, at the end of March. While neither of the recent California rail accidents have been as serious or deadly as the recent Amtrak crash in Pennsylvania, several injuries and hospitalizations have resulted from the Metro Train Collisions.
Imagine a vehicle weighing 50 tons coming in your direction. On March 28th, a University of Southern California student went through this experience after a Metro train crashed into his car at an intersection in front of the Los Angeles university. While this accident was not widely-publicized by local media, the crash injured 21 people.
The three-car Metro train was traveling east when a 31-year-old man, driving a Hyundai Sonata, attempted to turn left onto the tracks. The two collided head-on and the impact was so severe that the train was derailed, and the car became wedged between a light pole and the train.
The man was seriously injured in the accident and had to be removed from his vehicle using the Jaws of Life. The train’s engineer, an operator with 29 years of experience, was hospitalized and released that same day. Nineteen train passengers were injured. Of those, eight were hospitalized.
The accident attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP and co-counsel have represented numerous Metrolink accident victims, over the last decade. If you or a loved one has been injured in train accident, immediately contact our office for a free consultation.