Emeryville Train Hits Unoccupied Vehicle on Tracks

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An Amtrak train traveling from San Jose to Sacramento struck a vehicle on the tracks in Emeryville Wednesday night, according to an Amtrak spokesman.

Emeryville police received a call from a citizen reporting that an Amtrak train at the intersection of Shellmound and 67th streets struck a vehicle at 6:19 p.m.

According to Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm, train 542 had just left the station and was not yet traveling at full speed when it struck a vehicle located on the tracks.

The thirty-five passengers aboard the train at the time of the collision and the train staff were uninjured and transferred to another train at about 7:15 p.m., Kulm said.

Police confirmed that no passengers aboard the train or the driver of the vehicle reported injuries.

Police said the motorist became stuck on the tracks and abandoned the vehicle before the oncoming train collided with the vehicle, police said.

The train was unable to stop in time and struck the unoccupied vehicle, according to Kulm.

The tracks were cleared at 8:26 p.m., Kulm said.

Police are continuing to investigate what caused the vehicle to become stuck on the tracks.


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