ATWATER -- A 47-year-old woman was uninjured Tuesday after a train crashed into her car near Santa Fe Drive and Bellevue Road, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The accident was reported at 6:20 a.m. after the woman was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee westbound on Santa Fe Drive west of Bellevue Road. Springer stopped due to flashing red lights indicating a train crossing, according to Officer John Patterson, CHP spokesman.
Meanwhile, a BNSF train of two engines and two tank cars was proceeding northbound at about six miles per hour toward Castle Airport. The train had illuminated its warning lights, and two workers were standing in the front engine, waving lanterns, Patterson said.
As the train approached, the woman drove forward toward the railroad tracks and stopped the Jeep in the train's path. The train struck the front of the Jeep, spinning it in a clockwise direction. The train came to a stop, and law enforcement responded to the scene.
Patterson said DUI wasn't suspected in the crash.
-- Sun-Star staff