SAN DIEGO – A driver was unhurt after his car got stuck on some railroad tracks and was hit by an Amtrak train early Wednesday morning near Lindbergh Field.
The collision occurred before 6:15 a.m. at Pacific Highway and West Palm Street north of the Little Italy neighborhood. The driver told San Diego police he was headed to the airport, somehow made a wrong turn and ended up stuck on the tracks at the intersection.
Several people were who were waiting at the nearby Middletown MTS trolley station rushed over and tried to help the man push the car off the tracks. However, they were unable to move it before the train arrived.
As the driver saw the train approaching, he was able to jump out before it hit the car and pushed it several dozen feet on the tracks.
As of 7 a.m., Pacific Surfliner Amtrak service was shut down in both directions while crews removed the car. Trolley service, which runs on a separate line, was not affected.