SUV accidentally stuck on South Anchorage tracks struck by train
A sport-utility vehicle was struck by an Alaska Railroad train early Thursday in South Anchorage, police said.
No injuries were reported in the collision involving a Chevrolet Blazer just before 2 a.m., according to police dispatchers. The wreck occurred at a railroad crossing on Arctic Boulevard just north of Arctic Spur Road.
Police spokesman MJ Thim said in a statement Thursday that a woman driving a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer told police that she had mistakenly driven onto the railroad tracks, because her vision was impaired by poor weather and lack of daylight.
“As a result, the Chevy became stuck on the tracks and the driver was unsuccessful at freeing the truck,” Thim wrote. “An Alaska Railroad train, traveling northbound with two employees on board and hauling freight, struck the truck. The driver got out of the truck before the collision without injury. The two Alaska Railroad employees weren’t injured.”
Arctic was closed north of Arctic Spur Road and C Street was closed at Raspberry Road due to the collision, but both had reopened by 3:30 a.m.
By 4:45 a.m., no sign of the collision remained at the crossing. Railroad workers were testing crossing signals at the scene.
Alaska Railroad spokesman Tim Sullivan said the train suffered only minor damage in the collision. The incident wasn’t expected to affect any other trains or schedules Thursday, but the SUV was totaled in the crash.
“The damage is pretty extensive,” Sullivan said. “There’s not much left of that thing.”
John Grobe contributed information to this story.
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