SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Firefighters responded to a train collision and derailment that injured 27 people Thursday night.

The incident happened on the Regional Transit blue line west of the Winter Street light rail station near Marconi Avenue and Roseville Road.

According to Sacramento Fire Captian Keith Wade, a total of 27 patients are being reported. Thirteen of those injured were transported to area hospitals, and two of the victims had moderate injuries.

The remaining 14 victims were wounded but walking and were treated by first responders at the scene.

Wade said the injured people were passengers on the train. There are 15 ambulances on the scene for transport.

According to Sacramento Regional Transit (RT), a test train and a two-car passenger train collided on the blue line tracks mear Roseville Road. It’s unclear at this time how the collision occurred.

RT said three employees were on the test train that collided with the passenger train. None of the employees were hurt.

Thumper Eby was riding on the train when the collision occurred.

“I was sitting there on the train listening to music and boom…that fast, just flipped over the top of my bike, hit the ground. The guy in front of me hit the bench in front so hard his leg opened all the way across,” Eby said. “That was it then the train car was black…we smelled brakes….I don’t know…I guess the other train was stopped on the tracks for some reason. I have no idea.”

Anthony Hernandez heard the collision while he was putting his kids to bed.

“We could see right out of our front window that there had been a collision between two light rail cars on the tracks,” Hernandez said. “It rattled the houses… the neighbors said it rattled their doors and windows…the dogs started barking… the kids got out of bed.”

A spokesperson for RT said they are aiming to clear the trains by the morning.


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