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Amtrak train hits vehicle at Harlem crossing in Riverside

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 4:22 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 12:38 a.m. CDT
(Matt Hendrickson -
An Amtrak train bound for San Francisco struck a vehicle Thursday afternoon at Harlem Avenue in Riverside.

RIVERSIDE – An Amtrak train struck a vehicle at 2:39 p.m. Thursday on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks at the Harlem Avenue crossing.

The driver, a woman in her 40s, was conscious and alert when she was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, said Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel. The vehicle was licensed to a Crete address.

Amtrak was not scheduled to stop at the Harlem Avenue station. The woman had attempted to back up off the tracks but was blocked by a jam of cars behind her. She did however, manage to back up far enough to clear the driver's side door of the vehicle, confining most of the damage to its front end.

Harlem Avenue remains blocked as the investigation continues. The Delaplaine Road crossing in Riverside is blocked by the train.

Amtrak officials said there were no reported injuries to the train's crew or its 90 passengers. The train was bound from Chicago to San Francisco.

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