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LOS ANGELES - A Metrolink commuter train collided with a freight train Friday, toppling one of the passenger cars onto its side.
Firefighters battled a fire under part of the wreckage and pulled people from the Metrolink car, which was partly torn open.
"I'm sure there are injuries. I'm sure there are a lot of injuries," said Ron Haralson, an inspector with the Los Angles County Fire Department.
He said the trains collided at 4:32 p.m. in the Chatsworth area of the San Fernando Valley.
A freight train collided with a rush-hour commuter train in Los Angeles on Friday evening, killing at least 15 people and injuring 30 others, many of them critically. The crash was the deadliest commuter-train accident in Southern California.
The toppled car was a mangled mass of steel and smoke, with seven freight cars derailed and others standing on either side.
A stream of helicopters flew in to remove the injured — some of them gravely so, legs snapped, heads bleeding, arms twisted behind them — to several hospitals, and scores of ambulances lined the area as well. Hundreds of police officers joined the rescue effort, which fanned into a nearby park, where a triage unit was set up.