SAN BRUNO -- A Caltrain hit a big rig that got stranded on the tracks Monday in downtown San Bruno, causing a significant amount of damage, but injuring no one, officials said.

The truck got stuck at the Angus Avenue crossing around 2:30 p.m. because it was too tall to clear an overpass there. As southbound train no. 152

bore down on the intersection the driver tried to back up, but was blocked by cars behind him, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

Dunn said neither the driver, train crew nor passengers were hurt in the crash that left commuters on the popular rail line delayed by at least 30 minutes Monday afternoon. The crash did significant damage to the train, a retaining wall as well as the truck and empty trailer.

Dunn said the driver, who was not associated with the Caltrain construction at the intersection, followed GPS directions that lead him to the crossing. Only once he'd arrived there did he realize his rig was too tall to go under the 11 foot 6 inch gap below the overpass.

The overpass at the intersection is part of an over $147 million project to separate train and car traffic at key intersections in San Bruno. Once the so-called grade separation is complete crashes like the one Monday won't happen anymore at the crossings there, said Dunn. The work is slated to be completed in December.

Contact Joshua Melvin at 650-576-9626. Follow him at Twitter.com/melvinreport.



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