Driver uninjured after train strikes car in Leucadia

An Audi sedan that stopped too close to the tracks in one of the dirt lots that surround them was struck by a Coaster train about 4:45 p.m.


A train struck a car Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 6, in the Leucadia area of Encinitas, but the car’s driver was uninjured, sheriff’s officials said.

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It happened about 4:45 p.m. along a portion of the tracks a little east of Grandview Surf Beach, according to Deputy Joseph Pirri from the sheriff’s North Coastal substation. The tracks in that area run between North Coast Highway 101 and North Vulcan Avenue.

The involved train was a northbound Coaster, a commuter train operated by the North County Transit District between Oceanside and downtown San Diego, Pirri said in a news release. It struck an Audi sedan.

The Audi sustained moderate damage and the train sustained minor damage, according to Pirri. The Audi’s driver did not appear injured and declined a medical evaluation by paramedics.

Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Lawrence said it appeared the car stopped too close to the tracks in one of the dirt lots that line the tracks in that area.

The crash affected train traffic, delaying departures and arrivals, most of the night Wednesday, Oct. 6, according to tweets from the North County Transit District.

No other information, including the speed of the train when it collided with the car, was immediately available.