Caltrain safety awareness

June 7, 2008 at 2:26 am 2 comments

Today there was a fatality at San Antonio Station late in the afternoon. It appeared to be a suicide, since there is no grade crossing anywhere in the area.

I was on the first train that traveled pass the scene of the fatality (northbound running on the southbound track). Obviously, the platforms were overcrowded in Mountain View, California Avenue and Palo Alto. Fortunately, there’s no baseball game today.

Given the location and the nature of this incident, it is difficult to determine whether it can be feasibly prevented. However, there are many other fatalities and injuries that can be easily prevented. I have always take train safety very seriously since childhood. However, I see many other people don’t. They either step too close to the platform edge, walk around lowered gates, or trespass on railroad property.

These two are rail safety related public service announcements that have shock value:

I watched this when I was a child in Hong Kong. When it was produced, that railroad was just electrified and became a rapid transit service (which is the path Caltrain is going).

Below was produced by Long Island Railroad in New York. This announcement is very relevent to our Caltrain environment. A lot of people thought that they could go around lowered gates because they see a train stopped or just passed, but they shouldn’t.

We as passengers have a role in making sure that our trains run on time and our commute smooth. A large part of that is to follow these safety rules.


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  • 1. Ree  |  June 7, 2008 at 10:42 am

    I just got on the Southbound train at about 5:15PM this day. Actually we didn’t get on, because at the time we were told there was an incident at the San Antonio station where there was a fatality. We were on our way to San Jose, supposedly to arrive by about 6:00 PM. We didn’t arrive to our destination until 7:20 PM – a 45 min ride became 2 hours.

    Here’s the kicker though. By about 7:00 PM we were finally passing through the San Antonio station, and the body was STILL there (not on the tracks or sprewn about anymore though). It was off to the side where officials were looking over the collected remains of the body, but it was certainly not a pretty site. No it was not covered, and no it did not look like a complete body anymore. But I did see it was most likely a guy (really hairy skin).

  • 2. andychow  |  June 7, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    The body parts were covered when my train went through. The fact that the body was torn apart is a pretty good indication that it was a suicide (you have to run over by a train rather than just hit by it), and unfortunately that requires a longer time to investigate and clean up the scene.


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