Safety board issues first findings in train-on-truck crash

Mar 19, 2015 6:33 PM by News Staff

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Federal accident investigators have published their initial findings in last month's deadly commuter train crash into a truck outside Los Angeles.

In a preliminary report Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board said the driver of a Ford F450 mistakenly turned onto the rails and went about 80 feet before becoming stuck.

Officials say Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez of Yuma, Arizona, abandoned his truck with its hazard lights flashing and headlights on as the Metrolink train approached.

A student engineer blasted the horn and hit the emergency brakes about a quarter-mile before the collision. About 8 seconds later, the train smashed into the truck.

The train's principal engineer died a week after the Feb. 24 crash in Oxnard, which also injured 31 passengers and the two other crew members.

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