57-year-old Richard Skala of Lakewood was critically injured after crashing his car into a Seal Beach railroad crossing on October 22, 2008. The 10/22/08 accident occurred after Skala rammed his silver Ford Focus into a railroad crossing on Westminster Avenue near Seal Beach Boulevard. Our source for this blog is a news report in The Orange County Register.
Skala hit the curb and the impact launched him into the crossing signal, which is only used sometimes by the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station to transport weapons. Police traffic investigators have not been able to determine yet whether speed was a factor in the crash. The speed limit in that section of Westminster Boulevard is 55 mph.
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