Driver Dies After Light Rail Train vs. Vehicle Crash Along Folsom Boulevard

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SACRAMENTO -- A 67-year-old man died Thursday night  after making what investigators say was a fatal choice at a light rail crossing.

According to Regional Transit's Vice President for Safety Captain Norm Leong, surveillance video shows the man turning right onto Horn from Folsom Boulevard and maneuvering around downed crossing arms.

A Gold Line train was heading toward Folsom at the time with 15 to 20 passengers on board and slammed into his car.

Matthew Lee, who lives in the apartment complex across the street, heard the devastating impact.

He and a neighbor who's a registered nurse ran to help.

They say the driver was bleeding from the mouth, but was able to say "thank you" as they tried to comfort him.

The 67-year-old died a short time later at UC Davis Medical Center.

No one on board the train was injured and buses were brought in to get those passengers to their destinations.

Service on the Gold Line was disrupted for about two and a half hours, but other buses were made available to get riders around the crash site.

Leong said there should be no crash-related service problems for Friday morning's commute.

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