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May 3rd, 2010
Updated: Car smashes into UP crossing signal

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An automobile smashed into this Union Pacific crossing signal Saturday afternoon on Hopkins Street in San Marcos. Photo by Sean Batura.

By SEAN BATURA
News Reporter

A vehicle slammed into a railroad crossing signal mast near the Hopkins Street San Marcos River bridge late Saturday afternoon.

Union Pacific (UP) spokesperson Raquel Espinoza-Williams said the driver lost control of her vehicle, striking the mast with such force that the bolts holding up the structure were torn from the concrete.

“So we had to replace the entire signal foundation,” Espinoza-Williams said.

UP initiated repairs to the damaged signal system after receiving a call from San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) Saturday at 4:40 p.m.

“We’re looking at at least $30,000 in damages,” Espinoza-Williams said. “That’s an estimate right now.”

A city spokesperson said no citations were issued against the driver of a black 2007 Chevy Cobalt, which was towed away after the accident. The car’s two occupants suffered minor injuries that didn’t require medical attention. The occupants were transported home by friends.

A collision report indicated that failure to drive in a single lane and faulty evasive action were among the contributing factors to the accident.

Regarding who will ultimately be responsible for the repairs, Espinoza-Williams said UP is “definitely exploring … our options.”

(Editor’s note: The above has been updated to include new information about the car involved in the accident.)

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0 thoughts on “Updated: Car smashes into UP crossing signal

  1. Insurance? Why did the car lose control? Was there something wrong with the car? Was there something that caught her tire close to that crossing signal?

  2. I saw the car at the scene after the wreck had happened. It didn’t make sense to me; I feel the driver must have been recklessly driving because of the position of the car. It was running parallel with the train tracks, with the front end of the car crashed into the structure, facing the road. I don’t understand how the car could have landed in that position, because it was completely facing the wrong way. Did a lot of damage. Wonder how the driver is doing?

  3. I saw the post-accident too. The driver had to be going waaaaay faster than the posted 40 MPH speed limit to do that much damage to the car. And, also, the driver had to be doing something stupid to go that far off the road to hit the crossing signal. It’s not *that* close to the road.

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