Deputies save driver before train collides with vehicle in Encinitas

North Coast Current

Sheriff’s deputies rescued a suspected drunken driver before a train collided with the driver’s car late Saturday, Dec. 30, at E Street and South Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas, authorities reported.

The collision happened at about 10:30 p.m. when a southbound Amtrak train headed toward the intersection at about 80 mph, according to a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department report. The car was stopped beyond the crossing arms at the tracks. The train engaged emergency breaking but was unable to stop in time.

Deputies were able to safely remove the driver from the vehicle before the crash, the report stated. The driver, who was not identified in the report nor in a search of county jail bookings, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.