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Was It Terrorism? Truck In California Train Crash Not Stuck On Tracks

Oxnard Train Crash KTLA

Federal investigators say the truck involved in a California train crash, which resulted in eight people being admitted to the hospital, four of whom, including the train's engineer, were in critical condition, wasn't stuck on tracks.

The badly wrecked truck's emergency brake was in the on position and its headlight switch was in the high-beams position after the pre-dawn crash, said National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt.

"It was not stuck, it was not bottomed out on the track or something like that," said Sumwalt, contradicting Oxnard, California officials who had said immediately after the crash that the driver got stuck on the tracks.

The driver, Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, 54, of Yuma, Arizona, was found 1.6 miles away and 45 minutes later, said Jason Benites, an assistant chief of the Oxnard Police Department.

Police said they tested Sanchez-Ramirez for drugs and alcohol but they would not discuss the results.

He was briefly hospitalized then arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, Benites said.

The federal agency doesn't always investigate grade crossings, especially those with no fatalities, but this one was unusual enough to warrant it, Sumwalt said.

"It's not your typical grade crossing accident," observed Sumwalt.

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new terrorism ?

Got to give the guy credit for ingenuity. Too bad, though, that he didn't stay in the truck.