TEMPE, Ariz. -- A Valley Metro Rail train and a car collided just before noon Thursday in Tempe on Apache Boulevard, just east of the Loop 101.
Crews from the Tempe Fire Department had to extricate the two people who were inside the car, according to Molly Enright with the Tempe Police Department.
They were both transported to a hospital with critical injuries.
Traffic was restricted in the area and Metro Rail trains were delayed, but everything returned to normal at approximately 12:50, according to Enright.
One of the passengers on the train was also injured in the crash.
"Never been on this train before, my first time actually to ride it," explained Manuel Arballo who said his back was hurt when he was knocked to the floor of the train. "After I fell down...I jumped to the car and I just helped the guy."
The adult male driver of the car was the most seriously injured, according to officials on the scene.
"He made an illegal U-turn and sustained injuries from it," said Commander Noah Johnson with the Tempe Police Department.
Service alert: Delays expected following collision in Tempe near Price/Apache. Stay tuned.— METRO light rail (@METROrail) August 22, 2013
PD working accident at Apache and Lebanon. E/B traffic closed pic.twitter.com/rxDTAWp5Eg— Tempe Police & Fire (@TempePoliceFire) August 22, 2013