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Metrolink crashes into stalled car, leaving 3 with minor injuries

Metrolink and other agencies have invested millions of dollars to improve safety on dangerous at-grade crossings.
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File photo: A Metrolink train.

A Metrolink train crashed into a car stalled on the tracks after 6 p.m. Monday at the intersection of 1st Street and Park Avenue in San Fernando, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The car was unoccupied when it was hit, Metrolink spokesperson Scott Johnson told KPCC.

The car's driver exited the vehicle before the train hit and suffered no injuries, but three of the 33 passengers on the train were transported to the hospital with minor injuries, an alert from LAFD said.

There were between 4,000 and 5,000 people trying to make their way home to the Antelope Valley affected by the crash, as there was no service north of the San Fernando Metrolink station on Monday evening due to the crash, Johnson said.

For those trying to make it home, Johnson recommended waiting it out. He asked people to be patient and said not to bother driving on the 5 Freeway at this hour, as that would be a challenge.

“My understanding is the train can move once the car gets out of the road,” Johnson said.

Metrolink was attempting to clear the car from the tracks within an hour, Johnson said, which would mean the tracks would be clear before 8 p.m.

Metrolink crash

This story has been updated.