Two Amtrak trains collided at the Jack London Square station in Oakland Wednesday evening leaving up to 18 people injured. The crash occured after one Amtrak train carrying passengers ran a red light and struck a second train that was stopped and unloading passengers. The moving train was travelling at approximately 15 to 20 miles per hour when it struck the second train, according to reports.
Most of the injured passengers were aboard the stopped train. Although there were no life-threatening injuries reported, several people were taken to local hospitals. Both trains remained upright after the train crash, although one of the locomotives slightly derailed and damaged the pedestrian platform at the station.
The accident occurred at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, and service at the station remained suspended as of Thursday morning.
This is the second incident in two weeks in which Amtrak passengers were injured in the Bay Area. On Sept. 30, 37 passengers and two crew members were injured when an Amtrak train hit a truck at a crossing near Brentwood where there were no signal lights or gates.
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