Amtrak Trains Collide at Oakland Station; 18 Hurt

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OAKLAND, Calif. (KTLA) -- Two Amtrak passenger trains collided at a railway station in Oakland Wednesday, leaving 18 people injured.

Amtrak's San Joaquin train, carrying 8 passengers, was traveling at slow speeds when it struck a stationary Coast Starlight train head-on at around 10 p.m. Wednesday, Amtrak officials said.

The Starlight train was carrying 137 passengers.

Officials say 18 people suffered non life-threatening injuries. Seven people were hospitalized and 11 were treated at the scene. One person suffered a broken arm.

The Starlight train was headed from Los Angeles to Seattle and had made a scheduled stop in Oakland at the time of the accident.

All service into and out of the Jack London Amtrak Station in Oakland was suspended following the accident.

The cause of the collision is under investigation.

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