2 Amtrak trains collide injuring 18 in Oakland

Two Amtrak trains hit each other head on in Jack London Square injuring at least 18 people.

October 13, 2011 12:16:50 AM PDT
Train service was halted at the Oakland Jack London Square Amtrak station Wednesday night when one train collided into another. It happened shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday.

The Oakland Fire Department was on scene assessing the situation and said that at least 18 people were injured. They called it a major emergency response and six ambulances were also called to the scene.

Initial reports indicate the injuries to passengers and crew on board appear to be non-life threatening and most of them include whiplash. One train involved was Amtrak's Coast Starlight train that runs from Seattle to Los Angeles and the other was Amtrak's San Joaquin train that runs from Bakersfield to Oakland. It appears the Coast Starlight was traveling at a low speed and crashed into the stationary San Joaquin train that was boarding and deboarding inside the Oakland Station.

The impact derailed one of the trains. Railroad inspectors are trying to figure out how it all happened. A railroad worker told ABC7 the switching mechanism was not activated and it is still in the wrong position that led the two trains to collide.

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