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Metrolink train hits dump truck, 13 injured

April 06, 2013|By Dalina Castellanos

A Metrolink commuter train collided with a dump truck near Pacoima, injuring more than a dozen people Saturday, authorities said.

Nine of the train’s 190 passengers were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Shawn Lenske said. Four others, including the truck’s driver, were treated at the scene and released.

The train was headed south from Lancaster toward Union Station in downtown Los Angeles when the collision happened at 2:24 p.m., Metrolink spokesman Jeff Lustgarten said.

“The gates were functioning, but why the truck was on the tracks at the time, I don’t know,” he said.

The incident is under investigation, Lustgarten said.

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