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HANFORD — California Highway Patrol officials said no one was hurt after an Amtrak train crashed into a vehicle that had gotten stuck on the railroad tracks in south Hanford over the weekend.

Around 5 p.m. Sunday, officers from the CHP Hanford Area said they responded to a report of a vehicle versus a train collision near 10th Avenue, south of Kansas Avenue.

During the course of the investigation, officers said they determined that a 51-year-old man from Earlimart was driving a 2014 Ford Explorer southbound on a dirt road parallel to the railroad tracks, north of 10th Avenue.

At the same time, officials said an Amtrak train carrying passengers was traveling northbound on the railroad tracks south of 10th Avenue.

As the driver of the Ford reached 10th Avenue, CHP said he traveled onto the road and immediately turned his vehicle to the left in an attempt to cross the tracks.

Officers said the man failed to keep his vehicle within the roadway as he crossed the tracks and allowed his vehicle to travel over the east road edge of 10th Avenue.

As a result, the Ford became stuck on the tracks and was unable to move before the Amtrak train reached its location, CHP said.

Officials said the driver and his 44-year-old female passenger, also from Earlimart, were able to get out of the vehicle before it was struck by the train.

The man and woman in the Ford were not hurt, nor were any of the train’s passengers, officers said.

Authorities said neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in the collision.

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