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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