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Amtrak Train Crashes Into Car Left on Tracks

May 22, 2000|TONY LYSTRA

An Amtrak train traveling from San Diego to Goleta on Sunday night crashed into a Ford Escort abandoned on the railroad tracks in Moorpark, shortly after the car had collided with a pickup truck, authorities said.

The Escort was eastbound on Old Los Angeles Avenue about 8:20 p.m. when it crossed the center divider and sideswiped a westbound pickup truck. The car came to rest on the railroad tracks, police said.

The unidentified driver of the Escort abandoned his car, spoke briefly with the driver of the pickup, then ran west toward Moorpark. Moments later, the Amtrak train smashed into the small car.

No one was injured in either accident, officials said. The train was undamaged, but was delayed for about 45 minutes. The train was traveling about 45 mph when it hit the car.

Sheriff's deputies searched the area for the driver of the Escort, but were unable to find him. An investigation is continuing.

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