Three people were injured Friday in a Midway-area crash involving a Coaster train, a semi-truck and a car.
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The crash occurred at the intersection of Pacific Highway and Washington Street at about 7:40 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Initial reports indicated that the truck was hit by a southbound Coaster train. Investigators say the truck then hit a black Volkswagen Jetta. No further details were immediately released.
The driver of the truck, Rafael Navarette, told 10News he had a green light, but traffic was backed up on Washington Street. He heard the Coaster coming, but could not move anywhere because of the cars in front of him.
San Diego police say three women were injured and taken to local hospitals. The extent of their injuries was unclear. Investigators confirmed a family of four was inside the black Jetta that was smashed by the truck.
Witness Thomas Brown told 10News, "As we're sitting there, in a split second, all of the sudden
. bam! I mean, really loud."
Brown was in his car going the opposite direction and was feet away from the truck.
"I thought he was going to be killed," said Brown. "I thought I was going to be next because I was trapped in the middle. I couldn't go anywhere."
Brown said numerous people rushed to help the victims, who were bloodied from the crash.
Witness Ron Harvey said, "Thank God it stopped about eight feet before it hit me. Glass was all over my car and I'm shaking like crazy."
No one on the Coaster was seriously injured. About 160 people were on board were transferred to a trolley.
"We felt a big smash and bam, the next thing we know, we're on the tracks for about 30 minutes," said passenger Henry Coleman.
Another passenger added, "You could feel the brakes go really quick and then you could tell they hit something."
10News learned the truck was carrying fruits and vegetables.
Trains in the area were still operating but probably at a delayed speed, a sheriff's dispatcher said. 10News learned that trains are running about 30 to 45 minutes late.
More details will be posted as they become available.
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