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One Dead, More Than 100 Hurt In Train Wreck

One person is dead and it´s reported a total of 105 people have been hurt, many with serious injuries, when a commuter train was rear-ended by a freight train. The collision of the two southbound trains occurred Orange County about 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The Orange County Fire Authority said 25 persons from the train required immediate medical treatment at the scene, where 30 ambulances lined up to take the injured to hospitals.

Fire-rescue personnel used ladders to get to injured people on the upper-level of one of the two-decker commuter rail cars. The southbound Metrolink commuter train with an engine and three passenger cars was struck by a freight of about 75 rail cars.

At least two of the double-decker commuter rail cars were knocked off the tracks, and the rear car was bent at an angle. The three passenger cars and the commuter train engine did not overturn in the collision about 8:10 a-m about two miles north of the Anaheim Canyon station. The commuter train was southbound, headed to San Juan Capistrano in southern Orange County.

In addition to 25 people requiring immediate medical care at the scene, 40 other injuries are reported to be non life-threatening and 40 others minor.

One unidentified witness said the Metrolink commuter train was stopped on the track when the Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train, traveling at about 30 mph, hit the rear of the passenger train.

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad owns and maintains the stretch of rail where the collision occurred. The railroad BNSF runs 55 freight trains a day along the line also used by the commuter trains.