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At least two people are dead after a car and a light-rail train collided in San Jose on Sunday afternoon, an official said.
The collision happened near Lincoln and Auzerais avenues around 12:34 p.m., along the northbound tracks, according to Brandi Childress, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, or VTA.
The train came off the tracks as a result of the collision, Childress said.
Service along the Winchester/Mountain View light-rail line will be suspended while an investigation is conducted, and could be closed for 24 hours or more, as an overhead pole that supports electrical wires for the trains was downed as well, Childress said.
In the meantime, a bus bridge has been set up between Convention Center Station in downtown San Jose and Fruitdale station.
The people who died in the collision were both in the car when the accident occurred, according to Childress, but it was not immediately clear Sunday afternoon if there were more people in the car.
Approximately 20 passengers were on board the train and were evaluated after the collision. None of them was reported injured, Childress said.
The driver of the train was transported to a hospital for testing, which Childress said is standard in an incident like this.
San Jose police are leading the investigation into the collision, and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office transit patrol unit as well as paramedics were at the scene Sunday afternoon, Childress said.
This article first appeared on www.mercurynews.com
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