At least 21 people were transported to local hospitals after a Metrolink train crashed into a tractor trailer that was trying to get off the tracks in Sun Valley on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The crash occurred about 10:39 a.m. in the 8200 block of San Fernando Road, according to an LAFD alert. The train, which had six cars and a total of 187 passengers aboard, struck the truck from behind on the tracks.
The driver of the truck was not injured, officials said.
AV Line 212 was headed from Lancaster to Los Angeles at the time, according to Metrolink.
Sky5 aerial video showed the train was stopped on the tracks, with multiple emergency vehicles -- including LAFD trucks and ambulances, as well as Los Angeles Police Department patrol cars -- parked on the surrounding tracks.
Witnesses said the tractor trailer was in the middle of the tracks when the railroad crossing arms went down, the red lights started flashing and the bells were ringing.
The driver apparently tried to get off the tracks when the train hit the trailer.
“I just heard like a big boom when the trailer was trying to pass by quick,” said Jose Zamaniego, who was working at a nearby store at the time of the crash.
“I thought it was a big crash, but I didn’t see anything bad.”
A triage area was set up near the train, and multiple people were being treated by emergency personnel, the aerial footage showed.
The injuries were considered to be minor and not life-threatening, according to LAFD.
By noon, the train was headed to its next destination. Officials warned passengers to expect delays of about 1 hour and 45 minutes for the line as a result of the incident.
A portion of San Fernando Road was temporarily shut down by the Department of Transportation as first responders worked to assess the number of patients.
The crash is under investigation and the driver has not been arrested.
September is Rail Safety Month, Metrolink spokeswoman Sherita Coffelt told the Los Angeles Times.
There have been at least 15 collisions at the Sunland and San Fernando crossing since Metrolink began operating in 1993, the Times reported.