Train hits van at track crossing

NORWALK, Conn (WTNH) — A Metro-North train hit an unoccupied cargo van at the train crossing in Norwalk on Glover Ave around 6:30 pm, Saturday night.

The train departed from Grand Central traveling on the Danbury branch line where it ran into the van which was stuck on the tracks . The Norwalk Fire Department said the van was traveling eastbound on Glover Ave and while traveling around the corner slid into a snow bank that was next to the tracks. At the time of the accident it was snowing and road conditions were slippery.

The driver was attempting to shovel out the vehicle when the warning lights and gates started to activate at which time he removed himself from the area to avoid injury to himself. The train carried approximately 40-100 passengers, according to both Metro-North and Norwalk Police. The train was slowing down as it entered the Merritt Seven Station. No passengers on the train were injured.

Minor damage to the locomotive was reported. The crossing gate and arm were heavily damaged. The van was towed from the scene and MTA Police were investigating the scene. Metro-North said buses were sent out to transport some passengers out to their destinations. The tracks have since been cleared for the train to move out of the area.

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