Lawyer: Truck driver in train crash ‘did all he could’

Firefighters arrive to attend to injured passengers at the scene of a Metrolink accident, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Oxnard, Calif. Three cars of a Southern California Metrolink commuter train have derailed and tumbled onto their sides after a collision with a truck on tracks in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Johnny Corona)

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — A lawyer says the driver of a truck involved in a fiery crash with a commuter train in Southern California “did all he could” to free the vehicle from the tracks and then ran for help.

Attorney Ron Bamieh tells the Ventura County Star that a preliminary investigation conducted by his firm showed the truck became entangled on the railroad tracks and “somehow stuck” before Tuesday’s collision.

Bamieh says Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez did not abandon the truck but rather went for help. Bamieh says Sanchez-Ramirez was in shock and didn’t realize he was carrying a cell phone.

National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said late Tuesday that the truck was not stuck on the tracks.

Dozens were injured when the train derailed in Oxnard, about 65 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

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