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Sean Derfield, the owner of Old Sacramento's River City Saloon and midtown's Der Biergarten is recovering after the pick up truck he was driving collided with a light rail on Friday, May 22, Cowtown Eats has confirmed.

The accident was widely reported at the time, but the driver in the incident wasn't named in any of the media reports I saw. Here's a quick summary, via Robert D. Davila in the Sac Bee on May 22:

The collision happened at about 11:10 a.m. when a Nissan Titan pickup traveling eastbound on J Street hit a southbound Green Line train on Seventh Street, Sacramento Regional Transit spokeswoman Alane Masui said. The force of the impact knocked the single-car train off its tracks, disrupting service and forcing RT to bus passengers on its Green Line and Gold Line routes around the crash scene, she said....

Masui said the driver was in critical but stable condition Friday afternoon. Information from witnesses and video “confirm that the driver ran a red light,” the RT spokeswoman said.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

Here's an update from a Facebook Post from Sean's brother Frank Derfield on Saturday, May 23:

Thought I would give you an update. Sean responded to us on Friday, but he is on heavy heavy sedation and still is. They hope to bring him out of it on Monday. He went into surgery today and everything went well from what I heard.. The biggest injury was his broken left leg, which has been put back in place this afternoon, His femural arteries are ok.. one was pinched by the broken femural bone, but with that put back in place , everything seems to be flowing back to normal.... all injuries were on his left side , five broken ribs and slight break on his top vertabrae in his back.. but he has responded to us when we tried to talk to him on Friday night.. he did realize what had happened and when the nurse said "Sean if you can hear us give us a thumbs up".. Which he did with both hands.. Erika hopes he will be coming home by the end of next week... he has some recovery ahead of him though... He will be okay.. Erika, I and the rest of the family are Happy that he is alive and will continue to be with all of us for a lot longer.

Read the entire Facebook post.

Thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family during this difficult time. I hope he has a quick and complete recovery.

I'm working to get a more recent update on his condition, and will update this post as it becomes available.

** Update - 11:15 p.m.: Stopped by River City Saloon after posting and got a couple more details from the staff. Sean is indeed recovering, although the staff haven't had a chance to communicate with him directly. He'll eventually be ok. For now, if you want to leave well wishes, his Facebook page is probably the best way to do it.

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