Driver of truck in CA train crash is from Yuma

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

OXNARD, CA --The driver of a truck that was abandoned on railroad tracks in California, causing a train crash that injured 28 people, is from Yuma, AZ.

Jose Alejandro Sanchez Ramirez, 54, has been arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run.

Oxnard Assistant Police Chief Jason Benites said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon that Benites abandoned the commercial truck and was found about 1 1/2 miles away in apparent distress.

Benites said  the truck drove for a short time on the tracks and was facing the train head-on when the crash occurred.

Sanchez Ramirez was hauling a trailer to deliver produce and told police he tried to turn right at an intersection but turned prematurely onto the tracks and got stuck. He was hospitalized for observation.

The engineer saw the abandoned vehicle and hit the brakes, but there wasn't enough time to stop, Oxnard Fire Battalion Chief Sergio Martinez said.

The crossing has been the scene of many collisions over the years.