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2 Crashes of Trains With Vehicles Injure 4 People

June 30, 1998

Two separate train accidents early Monday left four people with minor injuries, authorities said.

The first accident occurred at 7:50 a.m., when a Metrolink train slammed into a semi-truck and trailer stuck with a dead engine on the tracks at San Fernando Road and Penrose Street. The truck was destroyed but the driver, Zbigniew Dabrowski), 38, escaped by jumping from the cab.

Three train passengers were slightly injured, one of whom was taken to Pacifica Hospital of the Valley after complaining of back pain.

"I was trying to restart the engine for about 10 minutes," said Dabrowski. "I jumped out of the cab at the last second."

Metrolink officials said the train, which was traveling about 80 mph on its way to Union Station in Los Angeles from Sylmar, was badly damaged and will be taken out of service for repairs. Regular service was restored on the route later in the day.

Los Angeles police said they would not cite Dabrowski.

In the second incident about an hour later, a Metro Blue Line train slammed into a car at Washington Boulevard and Los Angeles Street in downtown Los Angeles. One person sustained minor injuries was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

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