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This is a complete outrage as far as transportation safety is concerned," Los Angeles sheriff Lee Baca said. "The people riding these trains deserve better," he said angrily, speculating the person who left the car on the tracks knew the trains were coming.
Officials said no one was found in the car, and they believed the driver was in custody. The National Transportation Safety Board (search) and the Glendale Police Department were investigating the deadly crash.
Shortly after 6 a.m., a southbound Metrolink commuter train hit the vehicle on the tracks, causing five to seven cars to derail and hit a northbound Metrolink train. An empty, idle Union Pacific train was also hit in the crash. A small fire erupted, and smoke could be seen wafting over the crash site.