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Update: Train collides with damaged crossing gate on tracks

 

The remains of a crossing gate lying on the Caltrain railroad tracks at Oak Grove Avenue in Menlo Park disabled a southbound train at about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday (July 14) after a piece of the gate damaged an air hose on the underside of the train, according to Caltrain.

A witness told transit police that a vehicle had crossed the tracks and run into the gate, damaging it, then left the scene, Caltrain spokeswoman Jayme Ackemann said.

Southbound train #264, after hitting the remains of the wooden gate, came to a stop at the Menlo Park station, as scheduled, and passengers were transferred to other trains, Caltrain said.

The incident disrupted rail traffic throughout the evening, Caltrain said. There were no injuries reported.

The train's contact with the remains of the gate was not significant enough to have been felt by passengers, but the damage was such that the engineer could not restart the train, Ms. Ackemann said.

Another southbound train was used to push the damaged train to a siding, freeing both tracks for normal traffic by 7 p.m., said Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew.

The gates are wooden, Ms. Ackemann said. A collision between a vehicle and a gate that leaves the gate damaged is preferable to a vehicle bring stuck on the tracks. "These things do happen," she said.

Dave Boyce

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20 people like this
Posted by FrustratedCalTrainRider
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 14, 2015 at 7:19 pm

The idiot who tried to run the gate who caused the damage should be fined $10 for every person-hour wasted as a result of their stupidity!


3 people like this
Posted by Rest of story
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 15, 2015 at 12:13 am

So, how did the crossing gate get onto the train tracks? Did a car run all the way across the tracks with the gates down? What intersection? This story has holes big enough, yep, for a train to tunnel through.


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Posted by Menlo Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Jul 15, 2015 at 12:36 pm

To "Rest of the story":

The first two paragraphs of the "story" are below. Try reading it again.

The remains of a crossing gate lying on the Caltrain railroad tracks at OAK GROVE Avenue in Menlo Park disabled a southbound train at about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday (July 14) after a piece of the gate damaged an air hose on the underside of the train, according to Caltrain.

A witness told transit police that a vehicle had crossed the tracks and run into the gate, damaging it, then left the scene, Caltrain spokeswoman Jayme Ackemann said.

What more do you need to know?? Yikes


6 people like this
Posted by happens all the time
a resident of Woodside High School
on Jul 15, 2015 at 12:44 pm

to "Menlo Resident"

the original posting did not include all the details that you saw this morning, see the updates at the top of the article.

Yikes indeed.


4 people like this
Posted by Marjorie McCracken
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 15, 2015 at 12:57 pm

My husband was on the second train. The passengers were not allowed off that train for over 1 hour. I'm surprised there wasn't a passenger riot. Next time, do a better job taking care of your passengers, caltrain!


11 people like this
Posted by Edward Syrett
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 15, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Edward Syrett is a registered user.

This once again points up the need for grade separation at all these crossings. The law-and-order part of me wishes the crossing gates were heavy enough to have given that scofflaw driver what (s)he so richly deserved--an airbag in the face. However, that's rather childish, like believing in the effectiveness of the death penalty or the validity of "intelligence" obtained through torture. We can't keep idiots off the road, but we can keep them off the Caltrain tracks via grade separation. It's infrastructure spending, people. American jobs, don'tcha know?


4 people like this
Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 15, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Marjorie
Calm down. They were taking care of the passengers. Preventing injuries by not allowing them to detrain from quite a height and then not stumbling over the rock, ties, and rails. Oh yeah, and not getting hit by other trains using the tracks while wandering around.


6 people like this
Posted by mcp
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jul 16, 2015 at 11:31 am

whatever, would you be saying "calm down" to someone who had posted with a male name?

I agree with Marjorie: Caltrain treats passengers pretty shabbily.


2 people like this
Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm

to mcp

"would you be saying "calm down" to someone who had posted with a male name?"

Geez, get a life.


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