Van Struck by Metro-North Train in Norwalk

Saturday, Feb 15, 2014  |  Updated 10:24 PM EDT
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Van Struck by Metro-North Train in Norwalk

Norwalk Fire Department

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A Metro-North train on the Danbury line struck a van at the Glover Avenue railroad crossing in Norwalk Saturday evening, according to officials.

The northbound train was stopped for over an hour after it struck a white cargo van crossing the tracks at around 6:30 p.m.

Police said a witness reported he saw the van stuck on the tracks and the driver was out of the vehicle before it was struck.

Norwalk police and fire departments, along with Norwalk Hospital EMS and MTA police responded to the scene.

According to fire officials, it was snowing at the time of the accident and the road was very slippery when the van slid into a snow bank next to the tracks. 

"The driver was attempting to shovel out the vehicle when the warning lights and gates started to activate at which time he removed himself from the area to avoid injury to himself," said Deputy Chief Chris King.

The 100 passengers on board the train were not injured and the train had minor damage, police said.

MTA police are investigating the incident.

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