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No injuries as train hits empty car in Ventura County

File photo: A train on display at the Amtrak National Train Day at Union Station on May 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
File photo: A train on display at the Amtrak National Train Day at Union Station on May 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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Authorities in Southern California say no one was injured when an Amtrak train with 85 people aboard hit an empty car stopped on the tracks.

The Sunday night incident occurred on a stretch of track in Camarillo northwest of Los Angeles that is about 10 miles from the area where a commuter train hit an empty truck five days earlier, derailing three cars and injuring 30 people.

In the latest crash, Ventura County Fire Capt. Mike Lindbery says the two people abandoned their compact car before the train ran into it. It was badly damaged and lying on its side after the wreck.

It wasn't immediately clear why it had stopped on the tracks. It was raining heavily at the time.

Lindbery says an ambulance responded to the scene, but was released when there were no injured to transport.

Ventura County fire officials said the collision was reported about 8 p.m. at Pleasant Valley and 5th Street, according to NBC4.

Pleasant Valley Road is considered low-risk according to a National Railroad Administration ranking of railroad crossing risk, with only a 2 percent probability of a train-vehicle collision this year. The crossing had no reported collisions in the five years ending in 2013.

Whereas the Rice Avenue crossing of the railroad tracks —  that was the site of last week's Metrolink collision with a truck — was Ventura County's riskiest , the Pleasant Valley Road crossing ranked 25th on the federal list.