On January 5 at approximately 6:04 p.m., units from Fire Station 16, Clifton, were dispatched for a report of a train that had struck a vehicle. Units arrived on scene and were met by the occupant of the vehicle who reported no one was in the car. The car had apparently become stuck on the track and the driver had safely exited prior to the VRE train striking the car.
Firefighters assessed the car and contacted the conductor who stated no one was injured on the VRE train. Train traffic was stopped in the area as an assessment was made of the vehicle and train. There was only minor damage to the locomotive.
The scene was turned over to VRE and the tow company to handle clean-up operations.