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October 5, 2009 (Santee) – A Toyota truck struck a trolley last night at the intersection of Mission Gorge Road and Cuyamaca shortly before 11 p.m. last night, Incident Protection Network reported. The driver of the truck was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital.  East County Magazine spoke with a Metropolitan Transit Service representative this morning and has obtained additional details.


"The train was headed westbound, pulling out of Santee Town Center across Cuyamaca,"  said Judy Leitner, marketing manager for MTS.  "The T-signal was illuminated, meaning it is safe to cross. It flickered and went dark briefly.  When he got another illumination, he entered the intersection."  The trolley was in the intersection when the truck, driving eastbound on Mission Gorge Road, struck the trolley's coupler.


Passengers on the trolley were transported to another trolley.  The driver, who was the only person in the truck, was transported to the hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening, according to Leitner.


Asked whether the signal and crossing arm that was supposed to warn vehicle drivers that a trolley is coming was functioning properly, Leitner said she did not know and said a Sheriff's investigation would determine that.  


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