Deadly Los Angeles Train Crash; Over 100 Injured and 15 Dead
UPDATE 09/13/08: Death toll rises to 18
A tragic train crash in Chatsworth, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, leaves between 18 – 20 dead with over 100 people injured; many of those severe. At around 4:30pm on Friday, September 12, 2008, a commuter Metrolink train, Ventura County Line collided head-on into a Union Pacific freight train causing a horrific scene of mangled debris, fires and emergency workers fighting diligently to rescue those passengers trapped inside. The Metrolink commuter train was carrying nearly 300 passengers.
While an investigation is underway as to the cause of this train accident, it appears that both trains were on the same track. It is unclear as to why the two trains were headed towards one another on the same track. Authorities including the Mayor of Los Angeles has said that while no evidence of wrongdoing has been found, the scene is being treated as a crime scene. A Metrolink spokesperson said that a failure has taken some place along the line.
Metrolink train accidents remain one of the most catastrophic that have occurred in Los Angeles. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who have been killed or seriously injured as a result of this train crash in Chatsworth.
If a loved one has been killed or seriously injured as a result of this Metrolink crash in Los Angeles, it is important that you seek the proper legal advice immediately. An independent investigation must be launched and your rights must be protected. There are time limits in which you have to bring a claim for this train crash. Do not guess about your legal rights. Call today and speak with one of our attorneys for a FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION.
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Below are emergency information and updates:
According to emergency response agencies, injured Metrolink passengers are being transported to the following hospitals:
UCLA Medical Center
Northridge Medical Center
Holy Cross Medical Center
Mission Hills Hospital
Family members of passengers on board train 111, please call (800) 371-LINK for information.
L.A. Fire Dept. has released the following two numbers to call for information on hospital patients:
(213) 847-2117 and (213) 847-2118
TELECONFERENCE MEETING NOTICE – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL RAIL AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
10:00 A.M., SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2008
An emergency meeting/closed session of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority Board of Directors by teleconference call to discuss a threat to public services and facilities will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday September 13, 2008 pursuant to California Government Code Sections 54956.5 and 54957.