UPDATE: California Train Wreck Details Emerge

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We wanted to follow up on the major story we reported yesterday about the major train accident that occurred near Oxnard, California. In the aftermath of the accident, new details are emerging that give us more information about what caused the incident that sent dozens to the hospital.

New Information in the Oxnard Train Accident

— Various media sources referred to the vehicle stuck on the tracks as a “truck.” It is now believed that the vehicle was a pickup truck with and attached trailer (based on the available information, the vehicle does not appear to be an 18-wheeler).

— The NTSB has reported that the pickup truck was not stuck on the tracks, but rather “bottomed out”.

— The driver has been charged on suspicion of felony hit-and-run because he was found about a half-mile away from the site of the accident. Sanchez-Ramirez’s lawyer has issued a statement indicating that the driver did not abandon his vehicle, but rather left the scene in search of help.

— Sanchez-Ramirez was convicted of a DUI in 1998.

— Sanchez-Ramiez’s wife has issued a statement claiming that her husband was not at fault for the accident. She blames the company that provided the truck, saying that her husband’s vehicle stalled on the tracks because the truck “doesn’t work.”

Sources:
Washington Times
USA Today
LA Times