By now, should it really come as a surprise that on some regular basis Metrolink trains hit a car or truck, kill the vehicle’s driver and derail, injuring or killing train passengers?

After all, that accident scenario was practically built into the Metrolink system, established in 1992 on tracks shared with freight and Amtrak trains to ferry commuters to Los Angeles from cities as far-flung as Pomona and Moorpark...

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