AURORA | A man in his 30s is in critical condition at a local hospital after he drove his car through a lowered crossing arm and collided with the A-line train near the intersection of Smith Road and Chambers Road in Aurora Wednesday.
Aurora police said the man was attempting to turn north onto Chambers from the westbound lanes of Smith Road when he struck the train bound for Denver International Airport at about 12:50 p.m. April 28. A spokesperson for Aurora police said the man “disregarded the lowered level crossing signals” as he entered into the train’s path.
It’s currently unclear if the man was in any way intoxicated at the time of the collision.
Authorities did not provide additional details regarding the man’s injuries, but described them as “life-threatening” in a news release.
Police confirmed there were 43 passengers aboard the train at the time of the collision, and that two of them were evaluated for injuries. Neither of the passengers who received medical care at the scene were taken to the hospital for further treatment.
Investigators are now working with officials from the Regional Transportation District to ensure the crossing arms, lights and bells were working properly.
The northbound portion of Chambers Road has been closed at the intersection with Smith Road for much of the afternoon.