Video Footage Uncovered in Oxnard Metrolink Crash
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New details have emerged in the recent Oxnard Metrolink crash. Federal officials have reportedly obtained video footage of the moments immediately before and after the collision, in which the Metrolink collided with a Ford F-450 pickup truck. According to reports, the truck was sitting idle on the railroad tracks near the corner of 5th Street and Rice Ave, and the driver was found nearly a mile-and-a-half away from the scene. Thankfully nobody was killed, but 28 of the train’s 50 passengers were rushed to a local hospital with various injuries.
What the Footage Reveals
The National Traffic Safety Board is still reviewing the video footage, which was captured from both the lead train and the trailing locomotive. So far, we know that the train was traveling at the posted speed limit of 79 miles per hour, and that the engineer – upon noticing the unoccupied pickup truck – pulled the emergency break seconds before the crash.
The violent collision caused three of the train’s cars to spill onto the gravel and nearby street. The engineer and three other people were critically injured as a result. There are questions that still remain, however. Could the emergency brake have been pulled more quickly? And could the engineer have spotted the problem sooner? These issues are still being investigated.
What We Know About the Suspect
The driver of the pickup truck, 54-year-old Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. His attorney claims that Sanchez-Ramirez was unable to remove his vehicle from the railroad tracks, and therefore had to exit the truck in order to save his own life. Police are also inquiring as to know why the suspect’s truck was parked along the tracks, a full 80 feet from the crossing. According to the attorney, the truck “could go forward on the tracks, but it couldn’t get off the tracks.”
This isn’t the first time that Sanchez-Ramirez has faced legal issues stemming from his driving. In 1998, he pleaded guilty to DUI, driving without insurance, failure to obey a police officer, and having alcohol with a minor on the premises, all in a single case. He was also convicted of smaller driving infractions in 2004 and 2007.
Were You Injured as a Result of the Recent Metrolink Crash?
The attorneys at Nadich & Cohen, LLP, are actively investigating claims involving the recent crash. If you suffered injuries as a result of the Oxnard Metrolink collision, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Nadrich & Cohen today at (805) 822-5993 for a free, confidential consultation, and find out your options.