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Driver Of Car Hit By Train In Redding Under Investigation For Possible DUI

A Metro-North train hit a car on the tracks on the Danbury Branch at Topstone Road in Redding late Dec. 5.
A Metro-North train hit a car on the tracks on the Danbury Branch at Topstone Road in Redding late Dec. 5. Photo Credit: Google Maps

REDDING, Conn. — The driver of car that ended up on the tracks in Redding and was hit by a Metro-North train last week is under investigation by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department.

The incident on the evening of Dec. 5 is being investigated "as a possible," MTA spokesman Nancy Gamerman said Thursday.

Related story: Man Recovering After Metro-North Train Hits Car In Redding

The accident happened at 9:10 p.m., when a Danbury-bound train struck a car on the track at Topstone Road,  just south of the West Redding station.

The driver of the car was taken to Danbury Hospital with minor injuries and recovered, Gamerman said.

None of the 30 people onboard the train at the time of the accident were hurt.

Service was suspended in both directions along the Danbury Branch for over two hours after the accident, she said.

The "unauthorized vehicle" on the tracks was hit by the 8:06 p.m. northbound train heading from South Norwalk to Danbury, Gamerman said.

The train was due in Danbury at 8:55 p.m., but all Metro-North trains were running late that rainy night due to congestion and slip-slide conditions on the wet tracks, she said.

At the time of the crash, it was unclear why the car was on the tracks at the crossing.

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