Amtrak train hits moving van in San Diego
An Amtrak Surfliner Train hit a moving van in San Diego in the morning hours of Friday, prompting authorities to temporarily close the area and divert traffic.
The accident occurred at around 9:30 a. m. local time at Pacific Highway and Washington Street in the Mission Hills neighborhood in the uptown San Diego area. Officials said the van was on the railroad tracks as the train approached and the collision occurred.
Natalie Fernbaugh, a passenger on the Los Angeles-bound Amtrak train, said she was listening to music when the train came to a sudden halt, leaving passengers confused.
Recalling the incident, Fernbaugh said, "It stopped really abruptly. We were just all kind of confused. It was kind of shook."
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said no injuries were immediately reported. No rescues were required at the site of the collision.
Traffic was diverted in the area, and Amtrak train service was temporarily shut down in both directions. However, the service was restored later on the same day.
The Surfliner train links San Luis Obispo with San Diego via Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.
In May this year, a New York City-bound Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia, leaving eight people dead and more than 200 injured. Amtrak was then ordered by the Federal Railroad Administration to take more steps to ensure passengers' safety.
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