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Car-train crash on Tacoma tideflats injures one person

Post by Mike Archbold on Feb. 4, 2011 at 8:54 am |
February 7, 2011 8:23 am

Tacoma police and responded to a car vs. Tacoma Rail train crash early this morning in the 2000 block of Marine View Drive on the Tacoma tideflats.

Fire Department spokesman Joe Meinecke said the call came in at 1:04 a.m. He said a person in the car was taken to the hospital.

Tacoma Rail spokeswoman Chris Gleason said they were moving the train across the road when a motorist drove around a flagger and hit the back end of a rail car.  She said the flagger was waving his sign frantically but she simply drove around him.

She said employees estimated the  car was going about 40 mph. The train was going about 4 mph, she said.

She said the impact damaged the car severely as well as the rail car. “Her car was totaled,” Gleason said. “It did a fair amount of damage to the rail car.” The driver apparently swerved at the last minute and hit the rail car on the passenger side of the vehicle.

She said they had to use a crane to pry the car away from the rail car. She said the passenger side mirror was embedded in the rail car.

Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said police believe alcohol and high speed were factors in the crash.

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