An automobile smashed into this Union Pacific crossing signal Saturday afternoon on Hopkins Street in San Marcos. Photo by Sean Batura.
By SEAN BATURA
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.)Email | Print