No one injured in Saturday’s train vs. car collision on Highway 44

At about 8:47 AM on 03/30/24, California Highway Patrol personnel responded to the BNSF railroad grade crossing on Highway 44 east of County Road A-21 about 8:47 a.m. Saturday, March 30, for a vehicle vs. freight train crash.

According to the CHP, Lara Hoover, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was driving 2023 Honda Ridgeline eastbound on snow and ice-covered Highway 44 as a train consisting of three engines and a line of freight cars traveling northbound approached the crossing.

As the Honda approached the crossing, Hoover braked, but the Honda began to slide on the slippery road.  As the train entered the crossing, the Honda rotated in a clockwise direction so that it was nearly parallel to the train when the left side of the Honda struck the right side of the first freight car.  The Honda sustained major left rear damage, but no intrusion into the passenger compartment, and Hoover reported no injuries as a result of the crash.

Highway 44 was closed for approximately one hour and 50 minutes while the vehicle was removed and the train, tracks and crossing were inspected for safety.