An Amtrak Pacific Surfliner passes through Carlsbad. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
An Amtrak Pacific Surfliner passes through Carlsbad. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

A truck driver stuck in a line of traffic atop a set of train tracks near Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Friday was able to leap to safety moments before a locomotive plowed into his vehicle.

The northbound Amtrak Surfliner struck the box truck at a grade crossing on West Washington Street near Pacific Highway about 9:30 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The impact hurled the cargo vehicle off the roadway and into a railroad- crossing sign, which in turn crashed down on and broke the windshield of a Metropolitan Transit District truck parked on the other side of a fence, SDFRD spokesman Lee Swanson said.

A transit worker sitting in the MTS vehicle at the time escaped harm as well.

The driver of the box truck told reporters he had started crossing the rails on a green light, then found himself trapped there between stationary vehicles when the signal went to red.

The non-injury accident delayed train service and left traffic lanes blocked in the area through midday.

—City News Service