Oxnard Council: Metrolink accident report by Police and Fire Depts.

By George Miller

The Oxnard City Council introduced discussion on the tragic Metrolink crash and the Rice 5th St. crossing. Fire Chief Williams and Assistant Police Chief Jason Benitez. Watch HERE

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Assistant Police Cheif Jason Benitiz (left) and Fire Dept. Chief James Williams brief City Council on response to Metrolink tragedy on Rice Ave and 5th St. crossing, healing 2-24-15. (Photo: CitizensJournal.us)

Name Date Duration Agenda Minutes Video
City Council Meeting February 24, find 2015 05h 45m Agenda Minutes Video


A call was received at 5:43 AM on 2-24-15 about the accident. Police and fire units responded, tadalafil put out the fire, cordoned off the area and apprehended the driver who caused it, about 1.5 miles south on Rice Ave. Taken to hospital, released, arrestred, charged with felony hit and run. DA later declined to press charges, but left it open pending investiugation results. Four train cars were dertailed, three on their sides. 51 people involved. Level 3 emergency, some outside help came: VC Sheriff, LA Sheriff. NTSB, Ventura County TMS, Amtrak, Metrolink, Gold Coast AMR and more. They said victims were treated  and some sent to multiple area hospitals 30 in hospitals, 2 now critical.

Asst Chief Bneitiez said it was the worstt mass casualty event he had seen in his 22 years here.

Vehicle wass registered to an AZ company, accidentally turned right on the tracks instead of 5th St., hit shortlay thereafter and destroyed, cars derailed.

Notes: Locomotive was pushing the train ahead of it. This is said to be a risky practice, but is widely used for convenience. Multiple parties have called for a bridge over this and other risky grade crossings.

Councilman McDonald noted that witnesses reported it, stopped to help. He complimeted them. He has also heard many compliments on responders. Councilmembers Perello, Ramirez and Padilla concurred.  Ramirez said his and other accidents are learning experiences for future improvements.  Mayor Flynn thanked Police, FD, other responders, experessed praise for excellent preparation and response, wished speedy recovery to the injured and urged community support. He said Fed. Railroad agency rated that crossing 26th most dangerous.  City manager praised preparedness of responders.

Public comments were also very positive on actions of responding agencies.


Citizens Journal also comments on Metrolink incident.


George Miller is Publisher of Citizensjournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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