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Vehicle collides with train in Lodi


A vehicle collided with a train early Saturday morning as a result of possible drunk driving, according to the Lodi Police Department.

Barbara Klinger was drinking Downtown, then got in her car and drove east on Oak Street from School Street at about 1 a.m., said Sgt. Mike Oden.

Instead of turning left or right on Sacramento Street, Klinger continued straight through the train depot and ended up with the front end of her car stuck on the train tracks, police say.

Ten minutes passed while Klinger attempted to remove her car from the tracks. Then a train came through at about 40 mph, and Klinger got clear of the car at the last second, said Oden.

The train collided with the car and pushed it about 100 feet before coming to a stop. It took out trees and flower beds on the way, and came to rest in front of the GrapeLine bus parking lot.

Klinger was arrested for a possible DUI, said Oden.

The train conductor was visibly shaken by the collision, as he hadn't seen Klinger get out of the car and assumed she was still inside. But Klinger was not injured.

"Those trains are so big and heavy, it takes a while for them to stop," the conductor said. "This could have been much worse."