Light Rail Vs. Illegal Left Hand Turn

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    Takashi Matsumoto
    Santa Clara VTA cuts costs but leaves high school students stranded.

     Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light rail service was  briefly disrupted this morning when a motorist made an illegal left turn and  was struck by a VTA vehicle in San Jose, a police spokesman said.
         

    The incident was reported just before 7 a.m. along North First  Street, between Rosemary Street and the Interstate Highway 880 on-ramp, VTA  spokeswoman Brandi Childress said.
         

    Police spokesman Dirk Parsons said a woman was driving north on  North First Street and was afraid her car was going to run out of gas, so she  tried to make an illegal left turn across VTA tracks to a gas station on the  other side of the road.
         

    Police had initially reported that there was no collision but  Parsons said the car and the light rail vehicle did in fact collide.
         

    The woman was taken to a hospital with a complaint of pain, he  said. No one on the light rail vehicle was injured.
         

    Childress said 33 passengers who were on the light rail vehicle at  the time of the accident were offered a bus bridge to their destinations.
         

    The VTA train sustained minor damage and was taken to a  maintenance yard to be examined.
         

    The tracks have since been cleared and normal service has resumed.