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Saturday, May 17 2014 08:34 PM

Train hits car in downtown Tehachapi, driver uninjured

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Officials question the female driver of a vehicle that was hit by a train in Downtown Tehachapi on Saturday, May 17. The uninjured driver is in the police car. Photo by Nick Smirnoff

A passerby watches as officials investigate an incident in which a car was hit by a train in Downtown Tehachapi on Saturday, May 17. The engineer managed to slow the train to about 2 mph before impact. Photo by Nick Smirnoff

This car was pushed through the intersection after being hit by a train in Downtown Tehachapi on Saturday, May 17. Officials are investigating why the car was stopped on the tracks. Photo by Nick Smirnoff

THIS IS AN UPDATE FROM AN EARLIER REPORT

Union Pacific Railroad officers are investigating an incident which took place at about 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the intersection of the railroad and Green Street in Downtown Tehachapi.

According to UP official Lee Henning, a train traveling eastbound hit a vehicle that was sitting on the tracks near the Tehachapi Depot.

An unidentified female driver was in the vehicle but reportedly not injured. It appeared that she had driven the vehicle onto the tracks and stopped before the railroad crossing arms went down.

Henning said the train was traveling about 20 miles per hour and about two blocks from the intersection when the engineer became aware of the car on the tracks and began slowing the train.

The train was going about 2 mph when it impacted with the side of the vehicle, pushing it through the intersection.

Additional information will be published when it becomes available.

NICK SMIRNOFF provided reporting for this article.

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