Mother, Daughter in Hospital After Caltrain Hits their Car

A Caltrain struck an occupied car at the Ravenswood crossing in Menlo Park Friday evening.

Editor's Note: Though Bay City News originally reported that the daughter was driving the car, Patch has since spoken with a witness to the accident who said, in fact, the daughter is a teenager and the mother was driving the car. Caltrain has confirmed this.

A mother and daughter were transported to a hospital Friday evening after their Saab was struck by an express train in Menlo Park, a Caltrain spokeswoman said.

Just after 5 p.m., the 1996 Saab that was traveling west on Ravenswood Avenue was hit by southbound train No. 264, according to Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn.

There were vehicles in front of and behind the Saab, which did not allow enough space in front of the Saab to clear the intersection, Dunn said. The train struck the back of the car.

The daughter was transported to Stanford Hospital with minor injuries. Her mom was also taken to the hospital as a precaution, she said.

The train was not damaged and none of the passengers reported injuries.

Trains were delayed up to about 90 minutes. The tracks reopened at 6:05 p.m., according to Caltrain officials.


- Bay City News Service

Reality Check April 16, 2012 at 05:52 PM
The operator of any vehicle that gets hit by a train due to being "trapped" on a crossing, should be cited for violating CVC 22526(d) (http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc22526.htm), which states: (d) A driver of a vehicle shall not enter a railroad or rail transit crossing, notwithstanding any official traffic control device or signal indication to proceed, unless there is sufficient space on the other side of the railroad or rail transit crossing to accommodate the vehicle driven and any railway vehicle, including, but not limited to, a train, trolley, or city transit vehicle.
Barb Valley April 16, 2012 at 07:35 PM
This story is a good example of why you never stop on train tracks. Wonder if the driver got a ticket for violation of the vehicle code.


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