Rain may be factor in fatal Light Rail crash

A wintry blast caused roads problems, flight delays and may have factored into a Light Rail crash that killed a woman Friday night.

A woman was hit and killed when she walked into the path of an oncoming train at the Cordova Town Center about 5:30 p.m. According to the train operator, the woman appeared distracted when he sounded his horn. He said she was fighting to keep her hood on as she walked into the path of the oncoming train.

"The operator immediately braked and wasn't able to stop in time," Regional Transit spokesperson Alane Masui said.

The high winds and rain have also delayed flights out of Sacramento International Airport. A few flights were cancelled and dozens more delayed.

Slick roads may have also caused several car crashes. During the height of rush hour Friday, the California Highway Patrol responded to more than two dozen accidents from Grass Valley, Sacramento to Placerville.

It was an inconvenience for some. But at a time when we're facing an extreme drought, it's something for a lot of people to celebrate.

"We need the rain. We're farmers," Marcus Singh said. "And without water, we can't grow any food for us."

The weekend's storm won't provide the area with nearly as much rain as needed. Northern California needs nearly 20 inches to get us out of a drought. But it's a step in the right direction.

"We still got a long ways to go. Long ways," Singh said. "But this is helping. Thank God for all this. It's helping."


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