AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — A car collided with an RTD train on the A Line in Aurora on Wednesday afternoon. The driver was seriously hurt, according to Aurora police. He has only been identified as a man in his 30s.
Northbound Chambers Road is closed at Smith Road — and police said they expected it to remain closed for “an extended time.”READ MORE: Split Verdict: Noe Gamez-Ruiz Guilty Of 2 Charges In Death Of State Trooper Cody Donahue, Not Guilty On 1
Police said firefighters were checking people on the train for injuries.
In an update at roughly 4:40 p.m., police said the driver involved in the collision “disregarded the lowered level crossing signals as the train approached.”
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Officials said there were 43 people on the RTD train — two of them were evaluated by medical personal but not transported to the hospital.
Traffic Unit Investigators will continue to investigate.
“Part of the investigation will include working closely with RTD to obtain and review surveillance camera footage from the intersection to determine if the level crossing signals and lights/audible bell were functioning properly,” officials said.
The 23-mile University of Colorado A Line connects Union Station to Denver International Airport, with 8 stops in between.MORE NEWS: Colorado Springs Shooting: Neighbors Stunned To Learn 7 Dead At Birthday Party
RTD just celebrated the 5th anniversary of the A Line on Tuesday. The commuter rail line has had more than 30 million riders and has traveled close to 18 million miles.