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Train slams into car in Montebello; Driver arrested for driving under influence

A freight train slammed into a car near the intersection of Olympic and Montebello boulevards in Montebello Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.

October 19, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A freight train slammed into a car in Montebello Saturday, injuring one person. The driver of the vehicle was arrested for driving under the influence following the collision.

The eastbound Union Pacific freight train hit the car near Olympic and Montebello boulevards around 3:40 a.m.

Police say the vehicle had crashed into the center median just prior to the train accident, which spun the car onto the tracks.

Union Pacific spokesperson Aaron Hunt said the train could not stop in time.

"It typically takes one of our trains more than a mile to stop and in this case the train was unable to stop before hitting the vehicle," said Hunt.

The vehicle had three occupants. One of the passengers was taken to the hospital with a broken arm. A second passenger and the driver were uninjured. The driver, however, was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving following the collision.

The car was totaled and impounded.

The intersection was closed while officials investigated the cause of the crash.