A light rail train operated by the Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) derailed on Thursday, leaving two people injured. The incident occurred near Marconi Avenue and Morse Avenue in Sacramento.
According to the Sacramento Fire Department, emergency crews were dispatched to the scene shortly after receiving reports of a train derailment. Upon arrival, they found that one of the cars had gone off-track and collided with a nearby signal pole.
Two individuals who were onboard at the time sustained injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment. It is unclear what caused the derailment at this time.
In response to the incident, SacRT officials issued a statement expressing their concern for those affected and stating that they are working closely with authorities to investigate what happened.
"We are deeply saddened by this unfortunate event and our thoughts are with those who have been impacted," said Henry Li, General Manager/CEO of SacRT. "Safety is our top priority at all times and we will do everything possible to ensure that this does not happen again."
The derailment caused significant delays on part of SacRT's Gold Line service as crews worked to clear debris from the tracks. Commuters were advised to seek alternative transportation routes during this time.
This incident marks another blow for public transportation systems across California following similar incidents in recent months. However, officials remain committed towards ensuring passenger safety remains paramount moving forward.