SACRAMENTO COUNTY -- A Regional Transit train vs. pick up truck collision on Folsom Boulevard caused major traffic backup for morning commuters.
"He's very fortunate to be alive, to be honest with you," Lt. Dennis Joy of the Sacramento Police Department Regional Transit Division said.
Investigators said the crash happened at around 7:45 a.m. Friday on the corner of Folsom Blvd and Bradshaw Road.
The driver, a man in his 30s, was traveling Eastbound on Folsom, turning south onto Bradshaw, when he got stuck on the tracks.
"The crossing arms came down while he was inside that area of the tracks," Lt. Joy said.
Regional transit officials said the driver of the truck thought he was already on the track, so he tried to beat the train.
That is when the train collided with the back of his truck.
The RT's Gold Line from Mather Field to Butterfield Stations immediately came to a halt.
The train had minimal damage. All passengers were unharmed.
While the truck was totaled, miraculously, the driver survived with no injuries.
For more than an hour, drivers were forced to make U-turns, and reroute from their usual morning commutes.
RT investigators said all of this could have been avoided, had the driver been more aware of his surroundings.
"If you find yourself in that situation where in that no mans land, in a dangerous area, where the arms are coming down, we would much rather you back up over those arms, and break the arms and damage them, to get out of the path of the train. The arms are replaceable, the equipment is. But human lives are not."
Road traffic and train service resumed by 9:00 am.