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Los Angeles passenger train crash injures 21

Nearly two dozen people were injured when a Metrolink commuter train carrying almost 200 passengers crashed into a semi truck on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles, fire department officials said.

Five-car, double-decker train suffered very minor damage, able to continue on its route

An emergency worker, left, surveys the scene of a collision between a Metrolink train and a vehicle on Tuesday in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

Nearly two dozen people were injured when a Metrolink commuter train carrying almost 200 passengers crashed into a semi truck on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles, fire department officials said.

The collision occurred around 10:40 a.m. local time in the Sun Valley neighbourhood of Los Angeles, the city's fire department said. The department said 21 people were taken to area hospitals with minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the truck was uninjured, the fire department said. Dozens of firefighters and medical personnel were on the scene, triaging the train's 187 passengers, fire department spokesman Erik Scott said.

Scott said the crash occurred in an intersection and a crossing guard arm appeared to have been snapped. Fire and Metrolink officials said the five-car, double-decker train suffered very minor damage and was able to continue on its route.

Law enforcement were conducting an investigation into the crash, Scott said.

Firefighters gather outside a Metrolink train as they survey the scene of a collision between the train and a vehicle. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

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