PALMDALE – A 51-year-old Littlerock man was hospitalized Wednesday night after crashing his pickup truck into a Metrolink train, authorities said.
Daniel Allen Dumas is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision, which occurred around 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the railroad crossing at Barrel Springs Road in Palmdale , according to California Highway Patrol Officer Gil Hernandez.
Dumas was driving a silver 2001 Dodge pickup truck southbound on Sierra Highway at a high rate of speed as the train was approaching, Hernandez said.
“As he approached the railroad tracks, he locked up his brakes,” Hernandez said. “While braking, he actually collided into the back part of the Metrolink; he was unable to stop in time.”
Hernandez said the cross arms were down and the lights were flashing at the time of the crash. Dumas was injured in the collision and transported to Antelope Valley Hospital for treatment.
“Alcohol is suspected to be a factor of this traffic collision,” Hernandez said. “[Dumas] was placed under arrest, but based on his injuries, he was released to the hospital. A report will be submitted to the District Attorney at a later time.”
The pickup truck collided with Antelope Valley Line 226 to LA Union Station, according to Metrolink officials. The train was carrying 75 passengers at the time of the collision, and no one aboard the train was injured, according to Metrolink spokesperson Jeff Lustgarten.