Train hits van on Glover Avenue in Norwalk

The driver was taken to the hospital but was released with minor injuries. (2/17/14)

NORWALK - A train hit a van in Norwalk over the weekend.

Norwalk fire officials say a van was driving eastbound on Glover Avenue Saturday night when it slid into a snowbank near the railroad tracks on the Metro-North Danbury line. 

The driver, 38-year-old Jeffrey Rodrigo Acuna Mata, got out of the van and tried to shovel his way out when the warning lights and gates were activated. 

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Mata admitted to drinking before the accident and was arrested for driving with a suspended license. He was taken to the hospital but was released with minor injuries. 

There were about 40 passengers on the train, which was headed from Norwalk to Danbury. None of them were injured.

Officials ask anyone in a similar situation to call 911 and dispatchers will then call Metro-North, which will in turn warn the train. 

For extended video of the collision, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.

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