15 killed in train crash LA

September 13th, 2008 - 10:51 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

A Metrolink commuter train carrying up to 350 people collided with a freight train Friday outside Los Angeles, as many as 15 people were killed and dozens were hurt.

A Metrolink train believed to be carrying up to 350 passengers collided head-on with a Union Pacific freight train, east of Stoney Point Park in Chatsworth about 4:30 p.m. Friday. Firefighters have been working after the wreck to free passengers underneath the crash.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said at least 30 to 40 people were injure

This is the worst Metrolink disaster in the agency’s history.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villlaraigosa, who confirmed the death toll, told ABC Channel 7;

“This is probably the most serious train wreck to occur here in a very long time,..Heartbroken… To see this number of injuries, devastation, carnage. This is very serious. I haven’t seen anything like it.”

Metrolink spokeswoman described the incident “It’s an extremely disturbing situation. We honestly don’t know what happened,” said Denise Tyrrell.

The collision started a fire and overturned one of the Ventura County bound commuter cars, trapping an unknown number of passengers inside and possibly underneath.

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