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Train smashes into car in Burbank, no injuries

May 13, 2010|By Christopher Cadelago

AIRPORT DISTRICT — A motorist on Tuesday morning narrowly escaped from her vehicle before it was smashed by an oncoming Metrolink train at a crossing on North Buena Vista and Vanowen streets in Burbank, authorities said.

None of the 75 passengers or two crew were injured in what authorities described as a “horrendous collision,” Burbank Fire Capt. Ron Bell said. Operators shut down trains in both directions after the crash at 9:18 a.m., said Metrolink spokeswoman Angela Starr.

“We were informed by law enforcement that the person exited the car before impact,” Starr said.

Police shut down North Buena Vista Street between West Empire and Pacific avenues. Ventura County Line Train 110 departed Moorpark at 8:26 a.m. and was headed for Union Station in Los Angeles, Starr said.

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It was released about 10:16 a.m., and operators said passengers should expect delays to Ventura County Line Train 107, she said. That line was scheduled to depart Union Station at 9:50 a.m. and arrive in Chatsworth at 10:36 a.m.


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