Car on tracks halts train in Glendale

Driver arrested on DUI charge as tow truck has to clear stranded vehicle.

August 13, 2013|By Joe Piasecki,
  • The railway crossing at Broadway and Brazil Street on Tuesday, August 13,2013, where a suspected drunk driver got his car stuck on the tracks early Saturday morning, has been closed pending safety upgrades.
The railway crossing at Broadway and Brazil Street on… (Photo by Joe Piasecki )

A man whose car got stuck on train tracks Saturday at a rail crossing that's closed for safety upgrades may have been driving drunk, according to police.

Officers on patrol spotted the vehicle stranded at a rail crossing at Broadway and Brazil Street, near San Fernando Road, at 1:48 a.m., according to Glendale police Sgt. Mark Hess.

Police put out a call to slow or stop train traffic in the area until a tow truck was able to remove the car at about 2:10 a.m., Hess said.

The incident delayed a southbound Union Pacific freight train that was a long distance away but stopped until the car was removed, Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt said.

Police arrested Gukas Galadzhyan, 34, of North Hollywood on suspicion of driving under the influence, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.


The crossing at Broadway and Brazil, located on the line between Glendale and Los Angeles, has been closed since June 21, said Rubik Golanian, Glendale's acting public works director.

Metrolink and the two cities are working to install traffic signals and make other safety improvements, Metrolink spokesman Jeff Lustgarten said.


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