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Monday October 22nd, 2018 :: 01:34 p.m. PDT


Press Release

Details: On Monday October 22, 2018 at 7:27 AM, CPD officers were dispatched to the railroad crossing intersection of Orange Avenue and Otis Avenue regarding a train colliding with a vehicle. Officers arrived on scene and made contact with the driver of the vehicle, who was identified as Martin Alberto Cruz Moran (age 41) from Exeter, CA.

Moran was the sole occupant of the vehicle and complained of pain to his abdomen, due to the impact from the collision. Moran was later transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Based on the investigation officers determined Moran was traveling E/B in his vehicle when it was struck by a Burlington Northern Sante Fe train traveling N/B at the intersection. Moran’s vehicle, a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, sustained major damage to the rear end. Additionally a railroad crossing arm was damaged due to the collision.

The conductor of the train was contacted and advised officers Moran’s vehicle was seen entering the crossing with the railroad arms down while the train was approaching. The conductor advised they sounded the train’s horn several times before it struck the rear passenger side of Moran’s vehicle. No one on the train was injured and there was no damage to the train. ______________________________________________________________________________________
The Corcoran Police Department reminds motorists and pedestrians to follow Railroad Crossing Safety Tips:
-Slow down when approaching a railroad crossings and look both ways —TWICE!
- Never race a train to cross the tracks
-Never pass another vehicle within 100 feet of a railroad crossing
-Watch out for vehicles that MUST stop at railroad crossings, such as school buses or trucks carrying hazardous materials
-When approaching a crossing, roll down your windows, turn off the radio or air conditioner, and listen for whistles or bells
-Always yield to flashing lights, whistles, closing gates, or stop signs
-If you must stop, keep a distance of at least 15 feet from the tracks -Teach children that the railroad is never a place to play, walk, run, bike ride, or use as a short cut
-Always cross the tracks at the designated railroad crossing or pedestrian crossing
-Only use the crossing if you can be sure your vehicle is high enough to completely clear the railroad crossing without stopping
-Don’t be fooled, a train is always moving faster and is much closer than you think

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Corcoran, CA 93212

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