27 people were injured after a light rail train derailed in California

Light rail derailment SacramentoCBS Sacramento

  • 27 people were injured and 13 transported to hospitals after a light rail train derailed in Sacramento, California.
  • Authories said more than 30 firefighters responded to the derailment, which is under investigation. There were no fatalities, authorities said.
  • Local news reports said the incident was possibly caused by a maintenance train colliding with the passenger train.
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Authorities say more than two dozen people have been injured in a light rail train derailment in Northern California.

Sacramento Fire Capt. Keith Wade says that 27 people were injured, including 13 people who were transported to hospitals. He said the remaining patients were treated at the scene and released.

There were 15 ambulances at the site of the derailment, and more than 40 firefighters responded. Wade says it's the first time in his 19 years on the job that he's seen a train accident with such a high number of injuries. None of the injuries was life-threatening.

News outlets quoted a spokesperson for Sacramento Regional Transit as saying the derailment was the result of a collision between a passenger train and a maintenance train, but the cause is still under investigation.

"There were no reports of any extrication needed," the Sacramento fire department's public information officer said at a news conference broadcast by CBS Sacramento. "Everyone was either extricated on their own, what we call self-extricated, or required assistance from the Sacramento fire department, but there were no tools like the jaws of life required to get anyone off the train."

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