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Metrolink Train Derailment Rescue Operations Continue*

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UPDATE 7:48 p.m. Conflicting reports cite different numbers for current confirmed fatalities; KABC referenced an Associated Press report giving the estimated number of deaths as 20, whereas the Daily News reports 15. Currently the worst Metrolink accident on record involved 11 fatalities; as rescue operations continue, and possibly convert to recovery operations, into the night today's collision may become the worst Metrolink accident in the commuter rail's history.


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UPDATE 7:13 p.m. The major rescue operation continues, as Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell says there are still victims needing to be removed from the overturned passenger car. At least 70 injuries have been reported, and it is possible that there are now 7 fatalities in this tragedy. An urban search-and-rescue team has been on scene for some time now to aid in the rescue operations. Many people who live or were pursuing recreational activities in the area remain stuck near the accident scene because their vehicles are blocked by emergency vehicles. There has been no information released regarding the status of people on board the Union Pacific freight train. Family members who believe a relative was on board may call 800-371-5465 for information, but Tyrrell stresses that this number is ONLY for family members.


*UPDATE: 6:19 p.m. KABC is reporting that there are 6 fatalities thus far. Rescuers are still removing people from the train. In an unrelated event, a Metrolink train in Corona struck a vehicle that did not leave the track in time just after 5 this afternoon, and there was one fatality in that incident.


Rescue personnel are still in the process of assisting people involved in this afternoon's Metrolink train derailment. Triage areas are set up near the scene in Chatsworth as people continue to be assessed and aided following the collision that took place at 4:23 this afternoon when Metrolink #111 struck or was struck by a freight train. 4 people are reported dead, and many more have been injured. A SigAlert has been issued for the area as well, and Metrolink and emergency personnel are asking that people not attempt to go to the scene themselves.

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