Metrolink train slams into car in Riverside
December 2, 2008
A Metrolink commuter train slammed into a vehicle on the tracks near a crossing in Riverside on Monday night, but the female driver and her passenger got out safely before the crash, authorities said.
Steven Frasher, a spokesman for the Riverside Police Department, said the 21-year-old woman made a left turn onto the railroad tracks at Jurupa Avenue, mistaking them for a street. When she realized her mistake, she got out of the car and got clear of the tracks as the Metrolink 412 train approached about 7:45 p.m.
There were 40 passengers on the train, which had left Union Station in downtown Los Angeles at 6:35 p.m. heading to Riverside, Metrolink spokesman Francisco Oaxaca said. He said there were no injuries reported on the train.
Passengers on the train, which was only 10 minutes from its final stop, heard the crunch of metal and felt a slight bump.
The train stayed on the track and came to a rapid but relatively smooth stop.
Passengers were kept on the train for about two hours until police could complete their investigation and the tracks could be cleared and inspected.
Willon is a Times staff writer.