Saturday, September 13, 2008

17 confirmed dead in LA commuter train wreck

A commuter train that was hit head-on by a freight train in Los Angeles on Friday has resulted in 17 fatalities with over 100 injured, many severely.

Fox News is reporting that surgeons from surrounding hospitals were called to the scene because of the fear that so many serious injuries could not be transported to hospitals fast enough. The wreckage was described by rescue worked as "mangled" as they worked through the night to pull out trapped passengers, put out a fire under the trains, and transport the wounded. Over 200 were reportedly on the train when the wreck occurred. More fatalities are possible as crews continue to search the wreckage.

2 comments:

Isophorone said...

I heard this morning that the death toll was up to 25. Apparently, a train operator did not obey a stop signal.

SWAC Girl said...

Thanks, Ron. From what I am hearing, the number of those killed may rise because many were so severely injured. How very sad for those folks.