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Five injured as light-rail train collides with car in midtown

A car was struck by a Regional Transit train near 17th and R streets Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 in Sacramento. Five people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, a Fire Department spokesman said.
A car was struck by a Regional Transit train near 17th and R streets Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 in Sacramento. Five people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, a Fire Department spokesman said.

A light-rail train collided with a car Monday morning at a midtown crossing, stalling Regional Transit trains and city street traffic.

A red sports car was struck by an RT train about 8:29 a.m. near 17th Street and Quill Alley, between Q and R streets. Sacramento Fire Department, police and RT officials responded to the scene.

Five people were injured — the car’s driver and four RT passengers — and transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, Fire Department spokesman Capt. Keith Wade said.

RT spokeswoman Devra Selenis said the car was struck while attempting to drive around the crossing guard rails, which were down.

Cars also weaved through the rails following the collision to bypass the stopped train, according to a Bee reporter near the scene.

A bus bridge was put in place for more than two hours following the incident, Selenis said.

The damaged car and the train had been cleared from the scene as of 9:45 a.m., but RT crews continued to work on the tracks in the area of the collision at that time.

Selenis said the train sustained a damaged coupler and would be out of service for a few days.

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