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Los Angeles-bound Metrolink commuter train hits big rig

A Metrolink train crashed into a big rig on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016.
A Metrolink train crashed into a big rig on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016.
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Paramedics evaluated passengers on a Southern California commuter train that stopped after striking a big rig on the tracks Tuesday, authorities said.

Train 212 on Metrolink's Antelope Valley line was heading south toward Los Angeles at 15 to 20 mph when the collision happened shortly after 10:30 a.m., agency spokeswoman Sherita Coffelt said.

The train remained on the tracks for more than an hour about 15 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles and sustained "very minor damage," Coffelt said.

Sixteen out of 187 passengers on board requested medical assistance, Coffelt said.

The tractor trailer remained upright and its driver was unhurt, according to Erik Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The double-decker train blocked vehicle traffic at the crossing for about an hour-and-a-half before moving on.