McFarland trucker unable to explain crash into train

McFarland trucker unable to explain crash into train
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a train derailment where authorities say at least 20 passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries when a big rig truck collided with a southbound Amtrak train in the Central Valley Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 in Hanford, Calif. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Gary Kazanjian)

HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — A trucker is unable to explain why he drove his big rig through a flashing crossing gate and struck an Amtrak train in a California farming community.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Jerry Pierce says 32-year-old Macario Medina, of McFarland, was driving about 55 mph when he hit the train on Monday in Hanford.

Medina's truck hit between the last of four passenger cars and the engine that was pushing the train at about 80 mph.

Medina and 39 people on the train were hurt.

Pierce tells the Fresno Bee (bit.ly/SoI2WC) that Medina was not impaired at the time of the crash and the truck driver has been unable to explain why he drove through the crossing signal.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee; KBAK Eyewitness News contributed to this report.