Motorist sustained life-threatening injuries after his vehicle collided with an A-line train in Aurora
A motorist was seriously injured Wednesday after his vehicle collided with a University of Colorado A-line train, according to Aurora police.
Police said a man in his thirties, whose name is not disclosed, drove a limo west on Smith Road just before 1 p.m. and made a turn to head north on North Chambers Road and him over the tracks bring to.
“Preliminary information from the investigators confirm that the driver disregarded the lowered level crossing signals when the train was approaching,” said a report in the Aurora police blog. “The limousine then made contact with a S-Bahn train of the RTD A-Line, which was traveling east on the tracks.”
According to the police, the man was the only occupant of the vehicle and was taken to a hospital “where he remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries”. Two out of 43 people on the train were examined by medical staff but did not have to go to hospital for further treatment, police said.
#APDTrafficAlert We’re at the scene of an accident at Chambers and Smith that involved a vehicle crashing into the @RideRTD A-Line train. The driver of the vehicle is seriously injured.
N / B Chambers is closed at Smith’s. The road is closed for a long time. Please find an alternative route. pic.twitter.com/BDydyy0Ilr
– Aurora Police Dept 🇺🇸 (@AuroraPD) April 28, 2021
The authorities said it has not yet been clarified whether drugs or alcohol are making the incident more difficult.
The Regional Transportation District operated shuttle buses between Peoria Station and 61./Pena Station during the investigation.
Investigators will attempt to reconstruct the scene to calculate speeds and other contributing factors. Part of the investigation will include working with RTD to obtain surveillance camera footage of the intersection to determine if the intersection signals, lights, and bell are working properly.
Police want all witnesses, especially those with dashcam footage, to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.