As dawn broke in the Southern California suburb of Chatsworth, the light of day brought to focus the horrors that had occurred the afternoon before. Authorities worked feverishly throughout the night, removing bodies from the mangled wreckage of a Metrolink passenger train that had collided with a Union Pacific freight train at approximately 4:30 p.m. PT on September 12, 2008. At the time this article was posted, published reports listed the death toll at a staggering 23, with 135 individuals reported injured.
The Metrolink train was carrying about 220 commuters and two crew members when it collided head-on with a Union Pacific freight train Friday in Chatsworth, a northwestern suburb of Los Angeles. Forty-five of the injured were in critical condition, with 40 flown to hospitals, according to Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell. Another 50 people sustained what were termed minor injuries, and an additional 40 were treated at the scene but taken to hospitals for evaluation.
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