No charges filed against Yuma truck driver involved in train derailment

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VENTURA, Calif. – No charges were filed against the Yuma truck driver tied to a train derailment in Oxnard, California. In a press release sent Thursday, District Attorney Gregory D. Totten said Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez is no longer facing charges of felony hit and run.

Totten said the ongoing investigation is complex and involves numerous local and federal agencies including the District Attorney’s Office, Oxnard Police Department, and the National Traffic Safety Board.  The District Attorney must await the completion of this investigation before making a formal filing decision.  Totten said that while charges will not be filed at this time, the arrest of Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez by the Oxnard Police Department was clearly appropriate and lawful.

Ramirez’ attorney, Ron Bamieh, said Wednesday that Ramirez made repeated efforts to move the vehicle before the train arrived. He then said Ramirez accidentally drove onto the tracks. He made things worse by driving farther to try to get enough speed to get over the rails.

Bamieh says Ramirez then tried pushing the vehicle before putting on his high beams and running for his life before impact.

The derailment in Oxnard sent 30 people to hospitals, four with critical injuries.

Ramirez was scheduled to be formally charged Thursday afternoon. He was being held at the Ventura County Jail on $150,000 bail.

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