Amtrak train hits car on West Wendover tracks

Aug 25 2011 - 1:35pm

WEST WENDOVER, Nev. -- Police are investigating after an Amtrak train plowed into an empty vehicle that had stalled on a pair of West Wendover train tracks.

Authorities say emergency dispatchers were trying to reach Union Pacific Railroad and Amtrak personnel around 2 a.m. Thursday to warn them about the stranded car when an eastbound train hit the vehicle and pushed it about a quarter-mile down the track.

KTVX-TV reports (http://bit.ly/o7Yeyl ) the car was a total loss.

Railroad maintenance crews helped pull the vehicle from the tracks. The train had minor damage but continued on its way.

No passengers were hurt. Police say the 29-year-old West Wendover man who had been driving the abandoned car returned to the scene and cooperated with investigators.

 

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