KRAMER JUNCTION • A BNSF train struck an unoccupied vehicle early Thursday morning in Kramer Junction after the driver had transmission problems and abandoned the car on the railroad tracks.
According to a California Highway Patrol report, CHP officers received a call that an abandoned car was struck by a train on US 395 north of Highway 58 around 12:53 a.m. Thursday.
According to the report, the driver of the 2007 Kia began to experience transmission problems while driving south on US 395. He stopped his car on the right shoulder across the railroad tracks near Highway 58 and left the vehicle.
A BNSF freight train was traveling around 55 mph eastbound on the tracks when it collided into the abandoned car. The Kia landed in the dirt area south of the railroad tracks, and the train managed to stop within 3/4 of a mile.
Both the train engineer and the driver of the Kia were uninjured in the crash.
Railroad safety personnel checked to make sure that the train, tracks and crossing arms were still in working condition, and the road was reopened at 3:27 a.m.