Amtrak Train Smashes Truck in SJ

The truck driver sustained minor injuries, but the truck was split into pieces.

By John Zuchelli
|  Monday, Mar 12, 2012  |  Updated 8:19 PM PDT
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This is the aftermath after an Amtrak train crashed into a tractor-trailer at Monterey Highway at Palm in south San Jose Monday. No one on the train was injured, but the driver of the vehicle was hospitalized with minor injuries.

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This is the aftermath after an Amtrak train crashed into a tractor-trailer at Monterey Highway at Palm in south San Jose Monday. No one on the train was injured, but the driver of the vehicle was hospitalized with minor injuries.

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An Amtrak train bound for Los Angeles hit a tractor-trailer in south San Jose Monday.

The driver of the truck received minor injuries in the collision at Monterey Highway at Palm, according to Union Pacific officials on the scene. The driver was taken to the San Jose Regional Medical Center.

Video from the scene shows the truck driver was lucky that he wasn't killed. The truck was split into pieces and the cab, where the driver sat, was badly damaged (video above).

No one on the train was injured. After the impact around 11 a.m., the train and about 160 passengers stopped for seven hours while the engine was repaired.

The train continued its journey to Los Angeles around 6:20 p.m.

The train was stopped on tracks shared by Caltrain. VTA provided a bus bridge for Caltrain #270 from San Jose's Diridon Station to Gilroy.

There was no information on what lead up to the collision.

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