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Train hits car east of Davis — was GPS to blame?

By From page A3 | January 16, 2013

Authorities say two people narrowly avoided becoming victims of a train-versus-car collision Monday night east of Davis — one that may have been caused by an errant global positioning system.

California Highway Patrol Officer Cindy Leal said dispatchers were called at about 8:30 p.m. by the car’s occupants, who reported that their vehicle was stuck on the railroad tracks near County Roads 105 and 32A.

“The occupants told dispatch they were lost, so they used the GPS on their cellphone,” Leal said. “The GPS told them to make a turn that took them off the roadway and onto the tracks.”

Although one of the car’s occupants was on oxygen and the other was blind, both managed to exit the vehicle, Leal said. A passerby stopped to help guide the pair away from the car, which was struck by passenger train a short time later.

Neither the car’s occupants, the good Samaritan nor the train’s 60 passengers were injured in the collision, Leal said. The incident is being investigated by the Union Pacific Railroad Police Department.

Lauren Keene

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