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VTA Light-Rail Train Collides With Big Rig In San Jose; 2 Hurt

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A VTA light-rail train. (Santa Clara VTA)

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light-rail train collided with a big-rig Friday afternoon, injuring two passengers and blocking traffic.

The northbound two-car train struck the truck around 1:20 p.m. at North First and East Taylor streets, midway between the Civic Center and Japantown/Ayer stations, said VTA spokeswoman Brandi Childress.

The truck appears to have been traveling west on Taylor when it made a right turn onto North First Street that brought it into the train’s path, Childress said.

Two people on the train were transported to the hospital, Childress said. She did not know the extent of the passengers’ injuries.

Childress said it is still unclear how many passengers were on the train, but she described it as “fully loaded.”

The conditions of the train driver and truck driver are also not yet known, she said.

Trains have been stopped in the area and the VTA is providing bus service for passengers. Vehicle traffic in the area is also being diverted because of the crash.

 

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