A road mishap involving a freight train and a car led to the death of a 12-year-old boy on Wednesday, police and fire officials confirmed.
The accident happened at a rail crossing at East Cyprus Road just off Main Street, where a sedan, driven by a 19-year-old woman, was hit at the rear portion by the train.
According to the statement of the Oakley Police Department, the woman was brought to John Muir Medical Center and is in serious condition.
On the other hand, the passenger, a boy who attends Delta Vista Middle School did not survive the accident and died at the scene.
The eastern Contra Costa County city was related with the report at 12:53 p.m, and was provided instantly with chunks of information that led to the fatal accident.
The passengers on board the other vehicle involved in the crash were safe, the police said, adding that no issues on the traffic signals were observed when the accident happened.
In a statement, the police said the flow of traffic in the crossing was altered “to alleviate congestion.”
This, as new residents and housing sprout in the past years for like other Bay Area suburbs, significant growth was also observed in Oakley.
Residents were asked not to take the route of the accident’s location on Wednesday evening as emergency response efforts were being conducted.
The Oakley Police Department will handle the investigation regarding the crash, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Marshal Steve Aubert said.
The crash marked the second road mishap involving a train since August 20, when an accident was also reported in Brentwood. One minor injury was reported in the said crash, which involved an Amtrak passenger train and a semi-truck, San Francisco Chronicle reported.
“Pretty sad,” the president of the board of directors of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Brian Oftedal, said on Wednesday afternoon through a Twitter post. “Another train crash in East Contra Costa. In just a matter of days.”