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'At least 30 injured' in California train crash

At least 30 people have been injured after a Southern California Metrolink train struck a vehicle in Ventura County, California, earlier today.

Three carriages of the commuter train derailed after the fiery collision with a truck on the tracks north west of Los Angeles.

There has so far been no official reports of fatalities.

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Storms batter California and Pacific Northwest

Stormy weather has been blamed for at least three deaths and has left thousands of homes without power in the US Pacific Northwest and California, causing flash-flooding, mudslides and evacuations.

In the video below, tornado-like winds rip through a housing complex in Los Angeles.

Video credit: Reuters/Jamie Mena

Fire department rescue pair from Los Angeles river

The Los Angeles Fire Department has pulled two people from the Los Angeles river after a barrage of torrential rain and heavy winds battered drought-stricken California.

One person was found dead on Friday in a rain-swollen flood-control channel in the Orange County town of Garden Grove, which could mark the third storm-related fatality on the West Coast since the weather hit on Thursday.

The weather system causing the mayhem is fuelled by the 'Pineapple Express' - a powerful conveyor belt carrying relatively warm air and copious amounts of rain stretching all the way from Hawaii in the central Pacific to the western side of mainland America.

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