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Caltrain hits car in Burlingame, injuring 1 and causing delays

A red and white train.
A Caltrain train struck a vehicle around 6 a.m. near the Broadway station. | Source: Joel Umanzor/The Standard

A northbound Caltrain struck a vehicle that had stopped at a train crossing in Burlingame on Wednesday morning, delaying multiple other trains along the commuter rail system.

Shortly before 6 a.m., transit police and other first responders received word of the collision near the Broadway station crossing and arrived to find a sedan knocked about 100 feet from the crossing by the impact with the San Francisco-bound train.

According to Caltrain, the vehicle had turned north from the crossing and traveled about 120 feet along the tracks before the train struck it.

At least one person was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries. Their condition was not immediately available Wednesday morning.

Caltrain officials set up a shuttle bus between the system’s Hayward Park and Millbrae stations, and dispatched a grappler to help remove the car from the tracks and remove it to the Broadway station for passenger transfer.

All other trains continued to make local stops, but most lines had delays of at least half an hour. SamTrans buses also honored Caltrain riders’ tickets along its El Camino Road line, and several passengers aboard the involved train were taken to the Millbrae station to transfer.

Service was returning to normal around 9:30 a.m.

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