UPDATE: APD responds to early morning collision between train and SUV

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A collision involving a train and an SUV caused brief road closures in South Anchorage, early Thursday morning. No injuries were reported.

Anchorage police said they received notice of the crash at 1:53 a.m. The police department then assisted the Alaska Railroad Police with the investigation.

Arctic Boulevard was closed near Arctic Spur Road, and C Street was closed at Raspberry Road.

According to the preliminary investigation, a 1997 Chevy S-10 Blazer drove onto the railroad tracks, when "weather conditions and a lack of daylight impaired her (driver's) vision." Moreover, the vehicle became stuck on the tracks.

Following, a northbound Alaska Railroad freight train, with two employees on-board, struck the vehicle.

Before the collision, the driver exited the vehicle. And APD said the two employees were not injured.

At 3:20 a.m., an APD Nixle alert said investigators would be at the scene for as long as 6 hours. However, a dispatch supervisor said the investigation took less time than expected. Both roads were fully reopened by 3:30 a.m.

The vehicle was towed from the scene.


Photo from Alaska Railroad.
Photo from Alaska Railroad.


 
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