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Man Walking in Crosswalk Struck, Injured by VTA Light-Rail Train in East San Jose



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    The scene in East San Jose on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 after a man was injured in a collision with a light-rail train.

    A man was injured in a collision with a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light-rail train in East San Jose Wednesday morning, VTA officials said.

    Just after 10 a.m., the train — on the Santa Teresa-Alum Rock line —  was heading north along North Capitol Avenue on a green light and struck the man, who was in the crosswalk, VTA spokeswoman Stacey Hendler Ross said.

    The train operator blew the vehicle's horn and hit the brakes but was unable to avoid striking the man, she said.

    The pedestrian was transported by ambulance to Regional Medical Center in San Jose. The extent of his injuries and condition were not immediately known, Hendler Ross said. She also did not know if anyone on the train was injured or the number of people on board because passengers left after the collision.

    Deputies with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office's transit patrol division spoke with witnesses in the area and will investigate the collision, Hendler Ross said.

    As part of standard protocol, the train operator will have to return to the agency's maintenance yard to undergo a screening that includes providing an account of the incident and making sure he was not under the influence, she said.

    The agency provided substitute bus service to passengers traveling between the Alum Rock and McKee stations because of train delays in the area, VTA officials said. All light rail service was restored and bus bridges cancelled just after 12 p.m.

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