Sacto 9-1-1
November 17, 2012
Sacramento police, transit officials investigate collision of lightrail train, tractor trailer

Three people were taken to local hospitals tonight after a lightrail train collided with a tractor trailer carrying almonds north of downtown Sacramento.

None of the injuries were serious or life-threatening, according to authorities.

The collision occurred shortly after 6 p.m. at the intersection of North 12th and North B streets. The train was travelling northbound on North 12th and the tractor trailer, on its way to the Blue Diamond plant, was southbound on North 12th and attempting to turn left onto North B street, said Mike Wiley, general manager of Regional Transit.

Under normal circumstances, Wiley said, all traffic lights at that intersection would be red to allow the train, travelling against the flow of traffic on North 12th, to safely pass through. It was not immediately clear, however, whether the collision was the result of a mechanical issue or an error by either driver.

Wiley said officials had video from the train to review during the investigation.

The two-car lightrail train was carrying about 65 passengers, two of whom were transported to area hospitals, Wiley said. The third patient was the driver of the train. The remaining passengers boarded shuttle buses provided by Regional Transit.

Officials were on scene for several hours as they processed the scene and cleared away almonds that had scattered on the roadway.

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