The occupants of an rental car that got stuck on the Charleston Road railroad tracks were able to escape before a Caltrain struck the vehicle Thursday night.
Train No. 190 was heading south when it hit the vehicle at about 8:45 p.m., according to Caltrain.
Caltrain spokesman Dan Lieberman said the car was a rental and its GPS system apparently guided the occupants to the tracks, where the vehicle got stuck. A police officer and a security guard were on hand to help them out of the vehicle before it was struck by the train, Lieberman said. No citations were given.
Kenny Kruger was in the area where he took this photo of the train behind what appeared to be a small, blue sedan with its headlights and rear lights on. He also captured this image of police cars parked in front of the train crossing.
Shortly before 10:10 p.m., Caltrain authorities said the northbound track was cleared for trains to run at restricted speeds.
A Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus picked up passengers at the San Antonio station in Mountain View and dropped them off at the California Avenue, Palo Alto and Menlo Park stations, according to Caltrain.
The crash led to more than an hourlong delay for passengers on the involved train and other trains running through the area, Caltrain officials said.
Caltrain has issued a "playbook" for what customers can expect during commute disruptions as they work to restore service that can be viewed here.