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Rail worker killed when train hits truck

A man working on freight tracks was killed and two other people were injured when a Metrolink train crashed into a maintenance truck.

March 20, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
One person was killed and at least two other people were injured when a Metrolink train crashed into a maintenance truck along the border of the city of Industry and Bassett.The accident happened at about 9:20 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Temple Avenue, Valley Boulevard and the northbound 605 exit ramp.

The man who was killed was an employee for the Union Pacific Railroad and was part of a crew working on freight tracks.

"The pickup truck was in pieces," Metrolink spokeswoman Angie Starr said.

There were 142 people on the train. Two passengers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Officials said it is unclear if the maintenance truck was crossing the tracks, or if it was being driven down the tracks using metal train wheels can be hydraulically lowered by many Union Pacific maintenance trucks.


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