Train crash in Calif. station injures 16 people

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A fire official says he's been told an Amtrak train that crashed into another at an Oakland train station disregarded a red signal.

Authorities say the crash left 16 people with mainly minor injuries.

Oakland Fire Department battalion chief Emon (EE'-mahn) Usher says the crash happened about 10 p.m. Wednesday as the passenger train, traveling an estimated 15 to 20 mph, struck the stationary Amtrak train.

Usher says, "According to the Amtrak representative, the train traveling should have never continued past the red signal."

Authorities say there were injured on both trains, but there was no breakdown on how many from each.

There is no official word on what caused the crash, which is under investigation.

Alton Smith, a passenger on one of the trains, told television station KTVU that he felt "an awful jolt" from the impact.


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