Poor Visibility blamed for Vehicle vs Train Collision on Emeryville Tracks
Emeryville Police Officers responded to a vehicle versus train collision at the 67th Street crossing at about 11:04 p.m. last night. Miraculously, there were no reported injuries as a result of this collision.
The driver of the vehicle was following directions via a GPS navigation app when he inadvertently made a turn onto the tracks. Once the driver of the vehicle realized what had happened, he was too far down the tracks and his vehicle became stuck.
The occupants quickly exited the vehicle and stood off to the side waiting for assistance. Shortly after, an Amtrak train collided into the disabled vehicle. While the speed of the train was slow, the damage to the vehicle was significant.
Both Amtrak Police and Union Pacific Police officers responded to the scene to investigate. The initial investigation noted that poor visibility due to the weather conditions were likely to blame and that drugs or alcohol were not a factor.
Union Pacific Police will be the primary investigating agency of this collision moving forward.