San Francisco Caltrain Struck a Civilian to Death: Other Caltrain Incidents Reported

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Person Dead from Caltrain Incident in San Francisco

On Tuesday night, a Caltrain struck a person to his death in San Francisco. According to local officials, the vehicle was on its way northbound when the incident happened.

At the Mission Bay Drive grade crossing, a civilian was on the tracks around 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday. After being hit by the Caltrain, a coroner and several emergency staff members arrived at the scene to conduct an investigation. 

Reports of the incident have listed at least 12 passengers on board the Caltrain at the time. Officials have recorded no casualties and fatalities among the commuters. 

As of 9 p.m., the railway site reopened after emergency responders cleared the tracks to allow other trains to move by at maximum speeds. 

The San Mateo County Sheriff Transit Police Bureau takes over the investigation of the incident. The reported occurrence is this year’s 10th Caltrain fatality.

According to investigators’ latest update, they haven’t confirmed if the incident was intentional or not. Moreover, officials stated that they would release the victim’s identification details and cause of death after conducting a thorough inspection of the event.

There were multiple Caltrain-related incidents reported for this year. Nevertheless, Caltrain repeatedly reminds civilians to keep safe and stay out of train tracks.

Redwood City’s Caltrain Hits Civilian, Proclaimed Dead at the Scene

On August 4, Redwood City officials announced that a Caltrain fatally struck a 58-year-old man walking on the tracks on Tuesday morning.

Around 7:29 a.m., the train approaches Whipple Avenue crossing when the incident occurred. According to Caltrain, the vehicle struck the man while he walked across the tracks. Emergency staff members declared the victim dead at the scene. At the time of the event, there were at least 25 people on board. Good thing none of the passengers sustained any injuries.

Unlike the San Francisco incident, Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew confirmed that the act was intentional. The victim walked by the train tracks in an attempt to take his life. 

In 2020, the Redwood City Caltrain incident is its ninth fatality case. As of late, the San Mateo County coroner has not released the victim’s cause of death.

Shortly after the tragic event, officials stated in a press briefing that police officers closed the railway station to allow emergency personnel to investigate the scene. As of 10:30 a.m., administrators reported scheduled train delays of 30-45 minutes. The inspection team took the involved train out of service for further examinations.

San Jose Reports Caltrain Incident in May

On the morning of May 16, San Jose found a person dead on the tracks after he got struck by a Caltrain. According to the railway agency, the train was on its way south towards Gilderoy when it hit the victim to his death. 

The person died just south of San Jose’s Capitol Station. Officials noted that there were no passengers on board when the crash happened on Saturday morning. The railway agency assures the public that no delays would occur due to the incident.

The train crash’s victim’s details remain undisclosed. Moreover, investigators failed to discern the person’s motives for staying in the middle of the tracks.

Lawrence Station’s Train Incident Marks 2020’s First Caltrain Fatality

On March 1, Sunnyvale officials revealed that a person got struck and killed by a Caltrain at the city’s Lawrence Station. At the time of the incident, the train proceeded southbound and crashed on to the victim.

Inspection reports have shown that the crash took place at 9:38 a.m. on Sunday. The train carried at least 64 passengers when the incident occurred. However, local officials told news organizations that no commuter got hurt after the event. The victim’s identification and cause of death are unknown.

The Lawrence Station incident is this year’s first recorded Caltrain fatality.