Train collision occurs during Colorado rush-hour storm |

Train collision occurs during Colorado rush-hour storm

DENVER ” A light-rail passenger train collided with a coal train early Tuesday as a storm hit metropolitan Denver during the morning rush hour, reducing commuters to a crawl. No injuries were reported in the accident, authorities said.

The train, part of the Regional Transportation District, was delivering passengers from the southern Denver suburbs to the downtown area when the freight train toppled onto the light-rail tracks, RTD spokeswoman Darnia Serna said.

The derailment was expected to affect hundreds of riders who use the light-rail system and motorists already hampered by the snowfall. Light-rail passengers were being transported by bus to bypass the crash, Serna said.

Typical commute times in metropolitan Denver were doubled as snowplows worked to keep the highways and streets clear.

The storm moved into Colorado overnight and was expected to deliver snowfall to parts of the state throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service.

Moderate to heavy snowfall of up to 2 feet was forecast in the southwest mountains Tuesday while southeastern Colorado was expected to receive light freezing drizzle.

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