Man dies after train rammed truck that stopped on tracks
A Chowchilla man was fatally struck by an Altamont Commuter Express train when he stopped his truck on the railroad tracks, according to a report published on insidebayarea.com. The 50 year old driver was declared dead at the scene of the California train accident. There were no other passengers in the truck other than a dog, which also died.
California Highway Patrol Spokesman Bob Rickman explained that the driver “went through the cross arm” when it was down and bent it back. For an unknown reason, he then stopped on the tracks. The ACE train operator saw the truck and sounded his horn as a warning, according to the police report.
ACE spokesman Thomas W. Reeves said the train’s operator and nearly 70 passengers were unharmed. The train was the first of the morning, having left Stockton for San Jose at 4:20am for a nearly two hour trip. By 6:38a.m. the accident was cleared up, Reeves said. Reeves went on to explain that it had been more then a year since a Northern California train accident involving an auto had occurred and that in the 10 years that ACE has been operating, trains have hit cars about three to four times.
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