A 30-year-old Turlock woman was arrested Thursday evening for drunken driving after she crashed her car on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks before it was later struck by a train.
Ceres Police officers were dispatched to Railroad Avenue at Hackett Road at 10:43 p.m., after railroad officials reporting a train had struck a vehicle. Officers found an unoccupied blue Nissan Rogue on the tracks just east of Railroad Avenue.
The engineer said the car was already on the tracks in a damaged state as the train approached the area. The engineer attempted to stop the train but was unable to before it struck the vehicle. The impact threw the car onto the west track from the east track.
A witness told officers they saw a woman near the vehicle after it crashed and took off walking. Officer Jonathan Blount found Marisela Raygoza, 30, of Turlock walking on Central Avenue near Pleasant Avenue. She was crying and on her cell phone. She admitted crashing her vehicle onto the railroad tracks.
Raygoza explained that she was speeding too fast on eastbound Hackett Road to make the turn northbound Railroad Avenue. She lost control and ended up going across Railroad Avenue and onto the tracks. Raygoza was determined to be intoxicated and was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.