Metrolink crash: Three Metrolink passengers were taken to hospitals to be treated for injuries after the train crashed into a big-rig stalled on the tracks Saturday in Santa Clarita.
• An out-of-town truck driver got lost near a Metrolink train track.
• The driver tried to turn the truck around and got stuck on the tracks.
• An oncoming Metrolink train crashed into the truck.
• Three passengers from the train were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries they suffered in the accident.
The driver of a car carrier hauling new Lexus automobiles had gotten lost on Pine Street, his driving partner said.
They were advised by another truck driver to turn around, which they attempted to do, but the car carrier got stuck on the tracks.
The driver and his driving partner exited the car carrier just before the Metrolink Train No. 271 slammed into the stalled big-rig.
The impact smashed the cab of the truck, but neither of the drivers was injured because they had already gotten out of the vehicle.
Three Metrolink passengers were taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.
What is a minor injury?
Police and firefighter classifications of “minor injuries” can be misleading. Even a so-called “minor” injury may be far more serious than it initially appears and can have a major impact on the victim’s life. Some injuries aren’t even evident until days or weeks after an accident.
Injuries that are designated as “minor” may include whiplash, strains, sprains, lacerations, and bone fractures. All of these types of injuries may vary in severity.
* Whiplash, for example, is neck injury caused by sudden jerking or “whipping” of the head, as often occurs in car accidents, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It may not be noticed for several days, yet it can cause stiffness and numbness in the head, neck, back, shoulders, and arms. The initial symptoms may appear to go away and then return for months or even years, according to the NIH report.
* Strains and sprains are soft tissue injuries. Strains can cause pain, muscle spasms, swelling, and trouble moving the muscle, according to the NIH. Sprains involve pain, swelling, bruising, and being unable to move the joint. Initial treatment often requires taking time off work to rest the injury, sometimes followed by longer-term physical therapy.
* Lacerations include cuts, tears, and puncture wounds. A variety of factors determine how quickly a laceration may heal. Infection is always a risk with a laceration, and this risk can be particularly dangerous for diabetics. Even minor lacerations may cause permanent scars.
* Bone fractures are very common in car accidents. They can be extremely painful, and may involve swelling, bruising, or bleeding as well as numbness, tingling, and the inability to move a limb. Some fractures require surgery to implant plates, pins, or screws to keep the bone in place. The impact of a fracture on daily activities is immediate and often disabling. Follow-up surgery and physical therapy may stretch the recovery period to months.
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