Amtrak Train Collides With Vehicle in Ventura After It Was Left on Tracks by Suspected DUI Driver

An Amtrak train collided with a vehicle stuck on the tracks in Venutra Sunday night, police said. No injuries were reported.

An Amtrak train crashed into a car stuck on the tracks in Ventura on Nov. 20, 2016. (Credit: Ventura Police Department)

An Amtrak train crashed into a car stuck on the tracks in Ventura on Nov. 20, 2016. (Credit: Ventura Police Department)

The crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. on the railroad tracks at Garden Street and the Ventura County Fairgrounds, according to a statement from the Ventura Police Department.

The vehicle was unoccupied at the time, but officers said 27-year-old Ventura resident Arcelia Delgadillo left it there after unintentionally driving onto the railroad tracks while intoxicated. She was later arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, police said.

Delgadillo and a male passenger got out of the car about three minutes before the train struck it, authorities said. The Amtrak conductor told police the train was traveling at about 15 to 20 mph when he spotted the vehicle but it did not stop in time, despite emergency procedures.

The train was delayed about two hours as law enforcement investigated the scene. About 60 passengers were on board.

The collision may have caused a shortage that electrified the vehicle and railroad tracks, creating an extreme hazard for emergency personnel due to the stormy weather, officials said.