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OXNARD, Calif. – (NBC News) Dozens of southern California commuters were injured Tuesday morning when a Metrolink train derailed after slamming into a vehicle abandoned on the tracks near Oxnard.
The impact knocked three of the train’s five cars to their side, injuring 28 of the 51 people on board.
“The extent of injuries ranged from significant head trauma and extremity trauma to neck and back injuries, and generally, normal trauma that you would think from being thrown around.” said Ventura County Emergency Medical Service’s Steve Carroll.
Four of the injured are listed in critical condition.
Debris from the truck was scattered at the marked crossing and at a nearby intersection. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene.
“We don’t know why, but he was found a little while later, some miles down the road, unharmed. He is currently in police custody,” said Oxnard Fire Department Sgt. Sergio Martinez.
NTSB launching team to rail accident in Oxnard, CA. More details to come. @Metrolink
— NTSB (@NTSB) February 24, 2015