Amtrak train hits SUV near downtown


Firefighters rescue driver from SUV after it collided with an Amtrak train.

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SAN DIEGO - A man was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries after a collision Monday afternoon between a sports utility vehicle and an Amtrak train just north of downtown San Diego, authorities said.

The 1:50 p.m. collision happened where Hawthorn Street crosses the railroad track. The roadway is the main route to Lindbergh Field for drivers coming off northbound Interstate 5.

The unidentified driver, who had to be cut out of the vehicle, was taken to UCSD Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, a San Diego Fire Dispatcher said.

Police say officials will likely ask him more about what happened at the hospital.

"The guard rails were coming down as he inched forward, and he either got nervous and stopped on the track or, again, we're looking into the possibility that it could be an act on purpose but we don't know. There is some indication at least we're looking into the possibility of alcohol being involved," said Lt. Paul Phillips with the San Diego Police Dept.

The North County Transit District announced that a northbound run of its Coaster train from the Santa Fe Depot was canceled because of the collision.

Police say no one on the train involved in the accident was injured.

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