27 people were injured after a light rail train derailed in California

Sacramento light rail accident

  • 27 people were injured and 13 transported to hospitals
    after a light rail train derailed in Sacramento, California late
  • Authorities said more than 30 firefighters responded to
    the derailment, which is under investigation. There were no
    fatalities, authorities said. 
  • Local news reports said the incident was possibly
    caused by a maintenance train colliding with the passenger
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Authorities say more than two dozen people have been injured in
a light rail train derailment in Northern California on Thursday

Sacramento Fire Capt. Keith Wade says that 27 people were
injured, including 13 people who were transported to hospitals. He
said the remaining patients were treated at the scene and

There were 15 ambulances at the site of the derailment, and more
than 40 firefighters responded. Wade says it’s the first time in
his 19 years on the job that he’s seen a train accident with such a
high number of injuries. None of the injuries was

News outlets quoted a spokesperson for Sacramento Regional
Transit as saying the derailment was the result of a collision
between a passenger train and a maintenance train, but the cause is
still under investigation.

One passenger described his experience on-board the train to
Reuters:  “I was sitting there on the train listening to music and
boom…that fast, just flipped over the top of my bike, hit the
ground. The guy in front of me hit the bench in front so hard his
leg opened all the way across,” Thumper Eby said.

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Sacramento fire is on scene of what is being described as a train
derailment west of the Winter Street light rail station. Total of
22 patients being reported. 2 with moderate injuries/ 20 walking
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“There were no reports of any extrication needed,” the
Sacramento fire department’s public information officer said

at a news conference broadcast by CBS Sacramento
. “Everyone was
either extricated on their own, what we call self-extricated, or
required assistance from the Sacramento fire department, but there
were no tools like the jaws of life required to get anyone off the

Fire officials added that they had to cut through a locked gate
in order to get to the accident site, because train tracks often do
not follow roads and can traverse rougher terrain. 

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27 people were injured after a light rail train derailed in California