Train hit vehicle driven down train tracks Saturday, San Marcos police say


Authorities on Monday said a man who drove his vehicle down railroad tracks in San Marcos over the weekend, tying up downtown traffic, faces a criminal trespass charge.

No one was reported injured in the incident.

San Marcos police responded Saturday around 5:50 a.m. to reports of a vehicle colliding with a train on East Hopkins Street near the San Marcos Activity Center.

According to authorities, 25-year-old Ian Phillip Vaneau had driven his vehicle down the tracks between CM Allen Parkway and East Hopkins before becoming stuck.

Police said Vaneau abandoned his vehicle on the tracks before it was hit by the Union Pacific train. The vehicle was pushed to the East Hopkins rail crossing, where the train eventually stopped.

“The driver escaped, but the collision blocked railroad crossings in San Marcos for hours,” city officials said in a statement Monday. 

Crews finished clearing the debris from the crossing by 8:30 a.m., but the train had blocked traffic on East Hopkins, CM Allen Parkway, Guadalupe Street and LBJ Drive.


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