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August 27, 2012

32 Injured in Metro Blue Line Crash in Downtown Los Angeles

A train accident involving a Metro Blue Line train and a Metro bus in downtown Los Angeles left at least 32 people injured the morning of August 27, 2012. According to a City News Service report, the injury crash occurred at San Pedro Street and Washington Boulevard. Officials say 32 people were hurt, one seriously. Twenty people were transported to the hospital for examination. None of those injuries is believed to have been life-threatening. The bus, which was operating on line 51, was traveling south on San Pedro Street when the accident occurred. Officials are still looking into what caused this accident.

My heart goes out to the many injured victims of this bus accident. I wish them all the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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June 1, 2011

San Diego Car Accident Involves City Trolley

Car accident lawyer in San DiegoA woman was injured in a San Diego car accident after her vehicle was hit by a city trolley in downtown San Diego. According to a San Diego 6 news report, the injury crash occurred the morning of May 31, 2011 near the intersection of Park Avenue and Market Street in the East Village area. The woman was transported to an area hospital with injuries that were described as non-life-threatening. An investigation is ongoing.

I'm relieved to note that the victim in this case did not suffer life-threatening injuries. I pray for her swift and full recovery.

San Diego Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol's 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 81 fatalities and 6,123 injuries involving car accidents in the city of San Diego. In San Diego County as a whole, 246 people died and 13,527 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.

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April 8, 2011

Woman Injured in San Francisco Car Accident Involving Muni Vehicle

A woman was injured in a San Francisco car accident when a light rail vehicle rear-ended her car the morning on April 5, 2011. According to a news report in The San Francisco Examiner, the light rail accident occurred at the intersection of 24th and Judah avenues in the Sunset District of San Francisco. The woman sustained injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital. There were no passengers on the train. The operator of the light rail vehicle has been placed on non-driving status pending an official investigation.

I'm relieved to hear that the victim's injuries were not life-threatening. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim of this San Francisco railway accident. I wish her a complete and speedy recovery.

San Francisco Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol's 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 35 people were killed and 3,577 were injured in car accidents in San Francisco. The Federal Transit Administration reports that about 15 percent of light rail vehicle injury accidents are caused by workforce behavior and mistakes made by the railway operator.

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March 23, 2011

San Francisco Muni Streetcar Accident Injures Six

Six passengers were injured in a San Francisco truck accident involving a big rig and a San Francisco Municipal Railway streetcar the morning of March 21, 2011. According to a CBS news report, the streetcar accident occurred at the intersection of Third and 23rd streets in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. A truck with a flatbed trailer broadsided the KT-Ingleside/Third Street light rail vehicle. The six passengers in the streetcar, including one passenger who was in a wheelchair, sustained injuries, which are believed to be non-life-threatening. The injured victims were treated at the crash site and transported to local hospitals for evaluation. An investigation is ongoing.

My thoughts and prayers are with the six victims injured in this San Francisco Muni streetcar accident. I wish them all a complete and speedy recovery.

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December 7, 2010

Eight Injured in Los Angeles Train Accident

Eight people were injured, two critically, in a Los Angeles car accident after a Metro Blue Line train collided with a minivan that was stalled in the train tracks. According to an ABC news report, the minivan versus train accident occurred at the intersection of East 41st Street and Long Beach Avenue the night of December 2, 2010 in South Los Angeles. The two occupants of the stalled minivan were able to get out of the way before the train struck their vehicle. The eight injured train passengers were taken to area hospitals. The driver of the minivan has been arrested on suspicion of felony DUI.

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September 7, 2010

Dangerous Public Property Causes Severe Bicycle Accident

Julie Farris suffered severe brain injury after being struck by a trolley on the Azusa Pacific University Campus in the City of Azusa, California. At the time of the accident, Julie was riding her bicycle on the 800 Block of East Foothill Boulevard, the main roadway that links the East and West campuses.

The 800 Block was, and had been for some time, in dangerous condition. Many students struggled to travel this road numerous times a day, and were forced to weave around parked cars and congested traffic within the small usable space of the roadway. At the time of the accident, Julie had to ride her bike on the opposite side of the road, against traffic, because of the complete disorganization and lack of space on the side that went with the flow of traffic. It was at this point that she was struck by the trolley.

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March 1, 2010

Bus Accident in San Francisco Critically Injures Pedestrian

A man was seriously injured in a San Francisco pedestrian accident after he was run over by the Muni bus he was trying to catch. According to an ABC News report, the accident occurred the afternoon of February 23, 2010 on Stanyan Street, near Fulton Street. Initial reports indicate that the pedestrian tripped and fell while running to catch the 33-Stanyan bus as it was moving away from the bus stop. The bus then ran over him. The pedestrian sustained a major leg injury. His injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

My heart goes out to this critically injured pedestrian. I hope and pray that he makes it through his serious injuries and makes a complete recovery. It seems that this victim may have sustained catastrophic injuries. Please keep this injured victim in your prayers.

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September 24, 2009

Two Injured In San Francisco Train Accident

At least two people were injured on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009 in a San Francisco train accident when a bus struck an F-line streetcar.

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July 22, 2009

Driver Error May Have Caused San Francisco Train Accident

All evidence seems to be pointing toward human error in a July 18, 2009 San Francisco Muni train accident that injured 48 people--four seriously--the Associated Press reports. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are trying to determine why the operator of a light rail that crashed into a parked train turned off the automatic controls moments before the train collision. Had the operator kept the autopilot on, federal investigators say, the train would have slowed down before arriving at the West Portal Station and not crashed into the other train. Investigators say they have not found any mechanical problems with the train so far.

Authorities would not identify the driver, but say he started as a San Francisco bus driver 30 years ago and started operating light rail trains about two years ago. He also apparently suffered serious injuries and has taken a drug test as part of Muni's standard procedure. Investigators are also looking into whether the use of a cell phone played a role in this train crash. This is the fourth major subway or commuter train accident in the last 10 months in the United States. Reportedly more than 200 million commuters take San Francisco's mass transit system.

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July 20, 2009

San Francisco Muni Metro Train Crash Injures 48

Safety inspectors are looking into what caused a Municipal Railway train accident that injured 48 people--four severely--after one train rear-ended another at the West Portal Station on July 18, 2009, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The train crash occurred when a L-Taraval train rammed the rear of a K-Ingleside train near the station's boarding platform. The impact from the train collision reportedly shattered the front window of the L train and crumpled its steel nose.

The driver of the L train was the most seriously injured. Three commuters also suffered major injuries, but are said to be in stable condition. Also, 24 people suffered serious injuries and were taken to area hospitals by ambulance. The rest apparently suffered relatively minor injuries. Officials say this is the largest train accident the Municipal Railway has had. Eyewitnesses said they saw many victims suffer head and neck injuries.

My heart goes out to all the injured victims of this California train crash. I'm, however, relieved that no one suffered life-threatening injuries. I wish all the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.

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June 23, 2009

Washington D.C. Metrorail Train Accident Kills Nine, Injures Many Others

At least nine people were killed and scores of other commuters were injured in a Washington D.C. train accident the evening of June 22, 2009. According to a Fox News report, one Metro train smashed into the back of another during rush hour traffic causing the front end of one train to jackknife violently into the air and fall on top of the other. Cars of both trains were ripped open and smashed together in what officials say is the worst train accident in the Metrorail's 33-year history. Washington D. C. fire officials treated at least 76 people at the scene and many were sent to area hospitals including six people with critical injuries. Among the dead was Jeanice McMillan, operator of the trailing train.

Officials said the first train was stopped on the tracks waiting for another to clear the station ahead when the trailing train plowed right into it from behind. Officials have not been able to explain what caused this catastrophic train crash. The trailing train is said to be one of the oldest in the Metro fleet. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the incident.

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December 17, 2008

Anaheim Train versus Auto Collision Kills Woman

Linda Krueger-Small, 68, of Lake Forest was killed after she was struck by a freight train on December 15, 2008. The Anaheim train accident occurred after Krueger-Small's car became stuck on the railroad tracks near Lakeview and Orangethorpe avenues. A passerby tried to get her out of the vehicle, but couldn't do so before the train hit the vehicle. Our source for this blog is this news report in The Orange County Register. The train's engineer apparently told officials that he saw the vehicle on the tracks, but couldn't stop the train in time to avoid the fatal collision.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Linda Krueger-Small, who died in this tragic accident. Going by readers' comments to the news report, she was obviously well regarded and loved by many. Unfortunately, she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. My heart also goes out to the Good Samaritan who tried to help Krueger-Small get out of the car, but wasn't able to do so. I pray for his emotional recovery from this traumatic incident.

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November 28, 2008

Rialto Train Crash Caused by Metrolink Running a Red Signal

Federal officials who investigated a November 20, 2008 Metrolink train crash in Rialto say the commuter train that sideswiped a freight train had run a red signal, according to an Associated Press news report. Although four commuters suffered relatively minor injuries in this recent train accident, another catastrophic Metrolink accident in Chatsworth on September 12, 2008 killed 25 and injured about 135 people, many critically. In that case, a Metrolink engineer crashed head-on into a Union Pacific freight train because he missed a red signal.

In the most recent train crash in Rialto, the eastbound Metrolink train was carrying 15 passengers and crew members. Investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the train failed to stop at a red light about 150 feet from where it hit the rear cars of a Burlington National Santa Fe freight train. Investigators also said that the red signal appeared to have been working at the time of the collision. Officials are now investigating the train's brakes and its operators as they try to pinpoint a cause.

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November 23, 2008

Rialto Metrolink versus Freight Train Collision Injures Five

Five people were injured in a Metrolink versus freight train collision in Rialto on November 20, 2008 – the second such accident in less then three months. The 11/20/08 crash was far less serious than the catastrophic head-on collision in Chatsworth in September that killed 25 and injured hundreds. According to this Los Angeles Times news report, Thursday’s accident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. when an eastbound Metrolink train hit the end of a westbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train. The freight train was pulling onto a siding from a main track just west of the Rialto train station when the accident occurred.

Five passengers were sent to local hospitals with complaints of pain. Officials are still trying to figure out how this collision could have happened. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad officials say their engineer had been given the go-ahead either by a signal or a Metrolink dispatcher. The freight train was traveling from Barstow to Rialto. The Metrolink locomotive sideswiped the 96th car of the 102 cars on the freight train. In the Chatsworth crash, investigators determined that the engineer had missed the signal most likely because he was texting some young train enthusiasts, seconds before the head-on collision.

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October 13, 2008

Train Safety Measures Promised By 2012

Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific -- two large freight railroads that share tracks with Metrolink -- have pledged to install advanced track safety measures by the year 2012, the Los Angeles Times reported on October 9, 2008. This decision comes about a month after the catastrophic Chatsworth Metrolink commuter train crash that left 25 people dead and about 135 injured.

The two railroads say they will be installing positive train control systems on their tracks in the next three years, although a complete rollout may take longer. Positive train control systems basically combine digital communications with global positioning system (GPS) technology to monitor train locations and speeds. If engineers miss signals or cannot stop the train in time, an electronic device in the train's cab will automatically apply the brakes.

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