Amtrak train collides with big rig in Winton
03/24/2014 12:25 PM
03/24/2014 5:01 PM
No major injuries were reported Saturday in Winton after an Amtrak passenger train struck the trailer section of a big rig, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash was reported at 8:34 p.m. in the area of Winton Way and Santa Fe Drive.
The 26-year-old driver of the big rig was traveling with a 26-year-old driving instructor, going north on Winton Way. As the big rig approached the intersection of Santa Fe Drive, the traffic signal turned from yellow to red.
The driver of the big rig stopped the vehicle at the limit line, blocking the train tracks with the trailer section of the vehicle. Meanwhile, an Amtrak train was traveling east toward the big rig. The train was carrying 141 people.
CHP officers said the crossing arms and red lights on the tracks were activated, but the big rig’s driver failed to move off the tracks. The train hit the trailer, which was carrying a shipment of potato chips, according to the CHP.
The driver and passenger of the big rig were taken to Mercy Medical Center with minor injuries. None of the passengers aboard the Amtrak train were hurt.
CHP said drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
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