Probe Begins In Calif. Rail Crash That Hurt Dozens

SAN FRANCISCO -- Authorities in San Francisco are looking at mechanical and human errors as possible causes of a collision between two light-rail trains that left several dozen people hurt.

Transit officials are promising a speedy investigation to get to the bottom of the crash so that such an accident does not happen again.

Authorities say 48 people were taken to hospitals -- four with what appeared to be severe injuries.

Witnesses said the westbound L train barreled into the K train at the West Portal Station as it emerged from a tunnel connecting downtown San Francisco to the city's western neighborhoods.

The operator of the L train was among the four with serious injuries.

Saturday's crash was at least the third major transit accident in the United States since May.


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  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 19, 2009 at 07:47 AM
    If the engineer was drunk, or texting, or asleep at the controls, I know that "the rookie" will jump to the engineer's defense.(See "the rookie's" comment on the story about the wreck in Onslow County.)
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