Wednesday, January 26, 2005

METROLINK TRAINS DERAIL NEAR GLENDALE
SERVICE ON VENTURA COUNTY AND ANTELOPE VALLEY LINES IS CANCELLED

LOS ANGELES, Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., January 26, 2005: At approximately 6:05 this morning two Metrolink trains, trains #901 and #100 sideswiped each other and both trains derailed near Glendale. At this time there are confirmed fatalities and multiple injuries to passengers on the trains. Emergency crews are at the scene.

Northbound Metrolink train #901 which originates in Union Station and terminates in Downtown Burbank carries from 30-50 passengers. Southbound Metrolink train #100, which originates in Moorpark and terminates at Union Station, has an average ridership of 200-250.

Service is currently suspended on both the Ventura and Antelope Valley Lines. More announcements will follow on how this accident will affect today's service.

Our primary concern at this time is to aid our injured and stranded passengers.

Metrolink crews are at the site and the incident remains under investigation. We will release more information as it becomes available.

For information about injured passengers, please call (877) 883-0364.

For train schedules and directions to the nearest Metrolink station check at www.metrolinktrains.com or call (800) 371-LINK.

Metrolink is Southern California's regional commuter rail service and is in its 12th year of operations. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority, a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, governs the service. Metrolink continues to be one of the nation's fastest growing commuter rail services, operating over seven routes through a six-county 512 route-mile network.

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