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Fatal rail crash in US

Fatal rail crash in US
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At least nine people have been killed and around 200 injured in a rail crash in California. Two commuter trains collided in Glendale, a suburb of Los Angeles. It is understood a parked freight train was also involved in the accident, which happened as people were travelling to work during the morning rush hour.

There are unconfirmed reports a car strayed onto the line and caused the initial collision. The freight train, which was apparently parked on a different track and was loaded with gravel, was then reportedly struck. Witnesses say one of the trains was mostly full, and that one of the carriages caught fire.

Firefighters have been struggling to reach passengers trapped in the wreckage. An improvised medical centre has been set up near the tracks and the injured are being evacuated to surrounding hospitals.