San Diego deputies: Rental car struck by train in Little Italy after GPS led driver onto tracks

SAN DIEGO - Authorities say a rental car GPS navigation system led a tourist to drive onto the train tracks in Little Italy Thursday night, moments before a train collided with the vehicle.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said the incident occurred at about 10:45 p.m. at West Grape Street and Kettner Boulevard in San Diego.

The man told police that he had just arrived on a flight from Philadelphia, and had rented a late model Nissan Altima from Hertz.  But after he punched his downtown destination into the Hertz NeverLost GPS system, and followed the GPS instructions given, the car ended up on the train tracks and got stuck.

Sheriff's deputies said the driver exited the vehicle, and called 911, but as he was explaining the situation to the dispatcher, an Amtrak SurfLiner passenger train promptly collided with the rear end of the Altima. 

Fortunately, neither the man, nor the passengers and crew on the train suffered any injuries. 

10News has learned there was a delay though for those on-board the train. It took about an hour for the southbound train to be released from the scene to arrive at its final downtown stop.

A San Diego police officer later transported the driver back to the Hertz rental lot to redeem a new vehicle. It is unclear if GPS was included in the replacement vehicle.  

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