Southern California Train Crash Kills at Least 18
The New York Times reported that a train crash on Friday evening killed at least 18 people when a freight train collided with a rush-hour commuter train.
Many other people were critically injured, and this accident may be the deadliest accident involving Southern California commuter trains.
The crash occurred in the Chatsworth area, which is just north of Los Angeles.
Firefighters used cranes and ladders to try to extract passengers from thewreckage, many of whom were either dead or critically injured with twisted or snapped off limbs or severe bleeding.
So far, the cause of the crash has not yet been determined, but the investigation continues.
Many family members crowded the area, which was a scene of complete destruction, trying to find information on their loved ones.
Bystanders from a nearby elementary school rushed to help with the rescue efforts.
The BBC reported that there are fears that the death toll may rise and that Los Angeles City Fire Captain, John Virant, described the scene as "total destruction".
The previous deadliest crash in Southern California occurred in 2005, in which 11 people were killed.