Details about a collision involving a tomato hauler and an Amtrak train near Ceres on Monday afternoon were released today by the California Highway Patrol.
The CHP said Rigoberto Jimenez, 31, of Delhi was at the wheel of a Freightliner towing two trailers of tomatoes northbound when the crash occurred at Geer Road and Santa Fe Avenue about 1:30 p.m.
The rear tomato trailer was blocking railroad tracks as the train, piloted by Barbara Neu, 58, of San Leandro sped north toward the intersection at 80 mph. Neu spotted the tomato truck, sounded the train's air horns and hit emergency brakes, but was unable to stop. The train slammed into the trailer, which then hit the right side of a Toyota Camry driven by Maria Enes, 46, of Hilmar, who was also stopped at the intersection.
None of the drivers were injured. There were 159 passengers and four crew members on the Amtrak. After the train left the crash scene, several passengers requested treatment in Modesto for injuries.