Train, truck collide downtown

A train headed to Silverton collided with a truck at Eighth Street and Narrow Gauge Avenue about 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Enlarge photo

Katie Burford/Durango Herald

A train headed to Silverton collided with a truck at Eighth Street and Narrow Gauge Avenue about 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

A Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train collided with a silver Toyota Tacoma on Saturday morning soon after the train had left the depot in downtown Durango.

No one involved appeared to have suffered injuries in the collision at Eighth Street and the tracks along Narrow Gauge Avenue.

A police spokesman said the truck’s driver was cited for careless driving but was unable to provide the driver’s name at that time. There was no apparent damage to the train, and an estimate of damage to the truck was not available.

Bystanders quickly gathered after the accident, which occurred about 9:30 a.m., during the weekly Farmers Market in the bank parking lot adjacent to the railroad tracks.

Witnesses reported the driver of the Tacoma, a man who appeared to be in his 60s, turned in front of the train, which came to a stop at the intersection after striking the vehicle.

The train was delayed for about 15 minutes while information about the accident was gathered. Afterward, the driver was able to reverse his vehicle off the tracks and allow the train to proceed.

Passengers of the train cheered after the driver drove off the tracks, allowing the train to proceed. Enlarge photo

Katie Burford/Durango Herald

Passengers of the train cheered after the driver drove off the tracks, allowing the train to proceed.

Bystanders snapped cellphone pictures of the collision, which occurred as downtown bustled with visitors. Enlarge photo

Katie Burford/Durango Herald

Bystanders snapped cellphone pictures of the collision, which occurred as downtown bustled with visitors.