SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KRON) — An Amtrak Capitol Corridor train collided with a Tesla in Santa Clara Wednesday morning, according to a statement from Santa Clara Police Department.
According to a press release from Amtrak, the Capitol Corridor train 527 was heading from Sacramento to San Jose at 9:44 a.m. when a vehicle that was on the tracks collided with the train. Amtrak says there were no injuries reported in the incident to the six passengers or crewmembers on the train.
SCPD received a report of a train colliding with a Tesla at the intersection of Martin Avenue and Lafayette Street. This area is near Silicon Valley Power and Carl’s Jr, about a mile and a half from the Capitol Corridor Santa Clara University Station.
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Police say the driver of the Tesla was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a minor injury. Roads were closed for at short time, but the roadway was reopened at 11:34 a.m.
Amtrak also shared details on how to prevent incidents at railroad crossings.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), trespassing along railroad rights-of-way is the leading cause of rail-related deaths in America, and railroad crossing incidents are the second leading cause of rail-related deaths in America. These incidents can affect everyone involved—those who are injured or die and their families, our train crews, and our passengers. They also serve as critical reminders about the importance of obeying the law and of exercising extreme caution around railroad tracks and crossings. Amtrak continues to work closely with Operation Lifesaver (OLI) to #STOPTrackTragedies by emphasizing the obvious dangers of being on railroad property or disregarding warnings at rail crossings. For more railroad safety information, please visit StayOffTheTracks.org.Amtrak