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Vintage Porsches Wrecked by Train

September 13, 2004|From Associated Press

VENTURA — A car-carrier loaded with vintage Porsches was struck by a freight train Sunday after becoming stranded on the tracks, officials said.

The accident occurred about 3:45 p.m. near the Ventura County fairgrounds, said Lt. David Wilson of the Ventura Police Department, who was at the scene at the time of the accident.

Arriving as the driver was trying to move the vehicle off the tracks, Wilson said he called to have train traffic stopped. But the northbound train arrived moments later.

"We were able to get the driver out of the cab, luckily," he said, adding the driver suffered minor injuries.

The vintage Porsches, however, "are close to totaled, if not totaled," Wilson said. "The train center-punched the trailer carrying the cars and split the trailer in half, and the cars went flying."

The front engine of the freight train derailed and Union Pacific crews were called to the scene to get it operating again.

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