Saturday, September 23, 2023

Vehicle Collides with Skunk Train After Driver Suffers Medical Emergency

The following is a press release issued by the Fort Bragg Police Department:

[Photograph provided by Fort Bragg Police Captain Thomas O’Neal

This afternoon at around 1200 hours the Fort Bragg Officers were dispatched to a traffic
collision in the 500 block of North Main St. It was reported that a vehicle had struck the
train as it crossed the roadway.

Officers arrived on scene and observed a vehicle on the west side of Main St. near the
crossing gates by the railroad tracks. The train was stopped past the intersection of
Franklin at Fir St.

This collision is still under investigation, but it appears a female adult suffered a medical
emergency while driving southbound on Main St. The vehicle crossed over the northbound
lane and drove on the east sidewalk of Main St., colliding with the last rail passenger car of
the train as it just passed across Main St. eastbound with outbound passengers. The train
had just left the station with passengers. No injuries were reported by any passengers.
The train was backed to the station since the rail passenger car suffered significant

The driver of the passenger car was assisted from her car by Fort Bragg Fire personnel
and transported by Fort Bragg Ambulance to Adventist Health Mendocino Coast Hospital
for medical treatment. It does not appear the driver suffered any life-threatening injuries;
the vehicle sustained major damage and was towed from the collision scene.

As stated, this collision is still under investigation.

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  1. Driver was southbound, pulled out of traffic to pass vehicles stopped for the train crossing. Drove right into the side of train. Got SUPER lucky and hit train car trolley wheel assembly which ejected the car about 15 feet to the East side of highway 1 and onto the sidewalk.

    I was first car northbound on the other side of the train when the driver crashed right in front of me. I rendered aid, coordinated bystanders to call it in, and prepped for extrication if the car cooked. But it only smoldered a bit. FBPD showed, followed by a Fort Bragg Fire Captain (8313?) who took control of scene.

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