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Rail accident in Corona kills truck driver, delays commuter trains

Truck driver killed and commuter trains delayed by grade crossing collision in Corona
O.C., Inland Empire Metrolink lines affected by fatal freight train accident
Commuters advised to seek alternate routes to their destinations

A collision with a freight train in Corona on Friday afternoon killed the driver of a cement truck and triggered hours of delays for Metrolink service to the Inland Empire, authorities said.

An eastbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train struck the truck about 12:30 p.m. at a private grade crossing near the Green River Golf Club that borders Yorba Linda and Corona.

Metrolink officials said the crash forced the closure of all three tracks between the Fullerton and Anaheim Canyon stations and interrupted service on both the 91 and the Inland Empire-Orange County lines.

The 91 Line runs south from Los Angeles through Corona on its way to Riverside and San Bernardino. The Inland Empire-Orange County route begins in San Clemente, passes through Corona and ends in San Bernardino.

Railroad officials predict the lines will remain out of services for at least six hours so the wreckage and spilled cement can be cleaned up.

Metrolink is providing bus service for stranded passengers and advising travelers to seek other forms of transportation. Among the canceled trains are the 704 and the 804 at Fullerton station, railroad officials said.

Passengers may obtain updates on the situation at www.metrolinktrains.com.

The cause of the accident is under investigation. No further details, including the identity of the driver, were available Friday afternoon.

 

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