UPDATE: Person Fatally Struck by a Train in Martinez on Sunday Night

March 2, 2014 19:11 pm · 63 comments


A person was struck and killed by a train in Martinez this evening, according to Contra Costa Fire Protection District officials.

Emergency crews received a report of a person struck by a train at 5:03 p.m. on the railroad tracks near Old Orchard and Howe roads.

The person was pronounced deceased on the railroad tracks and the incident remains under investigation.

Thanks to the anonymous Claycordian for the picture of the train.

UPDATE: We’re hearing the female victim was a teenager, possibly around the age of 14.

Crystal March 2, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Oh my goodness prayers are with the family and friends of whoever he our she may be

Cowellian March 2, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Rest in Peace!

Mall Ratso Rizzo March 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks).

the Shi ite March 2, 2014 at 7:26 PM

This is awful. I saw the Police speaking to a young man at the scene, He had his hands on top of his head like the unimaginable had happened.

Grammy S March 2, 2014 at 7:38 PM

How very tragic. RIP

Home From Church March 2, 2014 at 7:42 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims family. God’s blessings.

I heard it was a teenager. Very sad……

Non=Caterer March 2, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Tragic–Rest In Peace.

Barbara G March 2, 2014 at 7:45 PM

My daughter knows the girl that was hit. Our prayers and sympathy go out to the family. RIP!

Weig March 2, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Can any buddy please confirm the identity of the person. My daughter is hearing that it is a friend of hers. Jenna an 8th grader at Martinez Jr High. Lord help us.

hmk March 2, 2014 at 7:47 PM

My prayers are with their family … rest in peace.

rickyleh March 2, 2014 at 7:57 PM

i read that martinez police think she could have been hit while trying to retrieve her cell phone from the tracks. but nothing too clear yet. kids gotta be careful on the track. nobody likes hearing about these kind of things RIP

Walnut Creek Resident March 2, 2014 at 8:02 PM

So very sorry for that terrible event and I will pray for the loved ones that knew this person.

Monica Silva March 2, 2014 at 8:04 PM

My Heart truly is breaking for the family!

Lorielou March 2, 2014 at 8:05 PM

It was an 8th grade girl, apparently she dropped her phone and went back to get it.

Belinda March 2, 2014 at 8:13 PM

My son was in school with her in the 6th grade, I am so emotionally struck right now, I cannot believe it. Life is so precious. Prayers are with her family.

Martinez native March 2, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Her name was Jenna Betti. She went to MJHS and was in 8th grade. RIP ❤️

Cowellian March 2, 2014 at 8:21 PM

So many kids are certain that they’re bulletproof, and nothing can possibly happen to them. It’s a wonder that any of us reached adulthood.

Prayers for the family.

Mimi March 2, 2014 at 8:42 PM

This is such a tradegy!!! My thoughts and prayers go out to her parents and family. My daughter is shaken up over this, she had just spoken to her this afternoon.

ill_miss_you March 2, 2014 at 8:48 PM

her name was jenna batti i follow her on instagram i didnt really know her but ill miss her beautiful smile

Ryan March 2, 2014 at 8:54 PM

RIP Jenna you will be missed.

Anon March 2, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Rip jenna

Thomas March 2, 2014 at 9:03 PM

It was jenna betti a girl that went to martinez jr high

SF CityGirl March 2, 2014 at 9:09 PM

So unimaginable to lose a child. My condolences to her parents.

Anonymous March 2, 2014 at 9:18 PM

YES ITS JENNA, it was a horrific accident, NOT PLAYING CHICKEN…

anon March 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

she is a girl named jenna betti. she is 14 years old and goes to martinez jr high school. she was with her boyfriend sitting on the rail road tracks talking then later they got up and where walking around then she realized she left her phone on the railroad, went back to get it then got hit… rest in peace jenna i didnt know you but you are really good friends with some of my friends and i am so sad right now this really could just happen to anybody and now we all realize. praying for you friends and family. rip

Linda March 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

RIP Genna. Prayers to her family.

louisa March 2, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Many prayers to Jenna’s family, this is horrible.

... March 2, 2014 at 9:28 PM

I knew Jenna through soccer and she was a very good defender and she will always be remembered forever. RIP Jenna

anon March 2, 2014 at 9:33 PM

That poor engineer. To have accidentally killed a child must be terrible for him.

Hug Your Children March 2, 2014 at 9:33 PM

My son’s friend. We’re all a bit shaken up right now. Need to have a long, sobering yet comforting discussion with our kids tonight. Hugs for her family.

Silva March 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM

So sorry to her family, friends, & community. This also is extremely difficult for the train opperator & personell. I’m praying for you all. Jenna will be missed.

TinFoiler March 2, 2014 at 9:49 PM

RIP. Heads up, the railroad locomotives have video cameras – the footage (which I would not want to see) will reveal if it was chicken game or just someone not expecting a train. Either way, 14 is too young to die 🙁

renee March 2, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Omg my thoughts an prayers go out to her family an friends I am so sorry for your lost

kaitlin s March 2, 2014 at 10:18 PM

I am heart broken to hear about this. She was such a sweet girl. Nobody deserves to dies at such a young age. My prayes are with your family. God has gained a new angel.

kaitlin s March 2, 2014 at 10:18 PM

I am heart broken to hear about this. She was such a sweet girl. Nobody deserves to dies at such a young age. My prayes are with your family. God has gained a new angel.

Peace March 2, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Out of respect to the family, any comments left should be respectful. Prayers to her family, the boy and the train conductor.

Matt March 2, 2014 at 10:22 PM

What a tragedy. How sad.

casey March 2, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Weig – I think Joe was commenting on a post that has been deleted, then yours moved into the #9 spot. There was a rude post earlier and now it’s gone, thankfully. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and all those affected.

joe March 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Sorry Weig. The original #9 comment must have been removed but it was some douche offering up the Darwin award and blah blah blah. Jenna is also great friends with my daughter and our family so the comments just made me see red. Sorry for the misunderstanding, lets hug our girls and keep them close. RIP Jenna

Yin-Yang March 2, 2014 at 10:31 PM

RIP poor soul
as for the rest of ya!
“A man is least himself when he speaks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will show you his true self.” -Oscar Wilde

Martinez Mom March 2, 2014 at 10:45 PM

She was a 8th grader at Martinez Jr. High, with a sister in HS and one in my child’s grade school. This is a huge loss for our small community. Her Mom is on the PTA and the family is very involved in the community. Such a sudden and tragic loss.

Audrey March 2, 2014 at 11:05 PM

I am sick to my stomach with sadness. It is so very sad. Keeping the parents, friends and residents of Martinez in my prayers.

A Friend March 2, 2014 at 11:06 PM

The girl was Jenna Betti. She was out on the tracks with her friend and had dropped her phone on the tracks, so the rest of the story is obvious. I didn’t know her personally, but I knew of her. She was very beautiful and my prayers go out to her family and friends.. Heck, even I miss her. I barely knew her. There’s a wear pink for Jenna thing going on at our school, and I encourage everyone to wear pink for this young angel who went back home today.

Dorothy March 2, 2014 at 11:26 PM

RIP. Hugs to all who knew her.

Anon March 2, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Her name was Jenna Betti and she was a beautiful girl.

??? March 2, 2014 at 11:34 PM


Was there March 2, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Back in the 80’s ~ 1 or 2 boys were killed 1/4 mile west of this location at the tunnel where the tracks go under Hwy 4.
Trains are surprisingly quieter than you think when they’re coming at you if there’s no crossings for you to hear the horn. This train, it’s what’s called a “cab hop” – 5 locomotives and no cars, it’s descending the grade so not much sound from the coasting diesel engines, plus welded rail takes away the old “clickety clack” sound that people are accustomed to hearing – BNSF has no crossings in Martinez so they will not blow horn unless there’s a hazard on the tracks, the tracks also curve so it’s not a straight shot when they come out of the tunnel at hwy 4 – train was headed East.
I saw a man on Howe road further down from Fire and Police, He was wearing a vest – and was waving for the Ambulance, I later realized He was one of the crewman from that train and now I understand the look on his face

Martinez Mom March 2, 2014 at 11:43 PM

I hope I made the right decision in telling my son about his classmate. I just didn’t want him to be shocked at school tomorrow. The look on his face was heart wrenching.

Isabelle March 2, 2014 at 11:54 PM

RIP Jenna, fourteen is too young. Prayers to her friends and family.

Ren Jen Jen March 3, 2014 at 12:17 AM

Rest In Peace Jenna. My thoughts are with your family and friends at this time.

Cat Wrangler March 3, 2014 at 12:23 AM

What a tragic and sad loss of life. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her loved ones. May God comfort them in this very sad time.

Sar Casm March 3, 2014 at 3:16 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. May this young lady rest in peace.

Wow March 3, 2014 at 4:20 AM

Man such a sad story prayers to the family of this poor little angel.

martinezdad March 3, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Very sad. I was out for a walk with the family and happened by the scene on the way home. I think every Martinez police car was there as well as a fire truck and two ambulances.

landana March 3, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Feel super bad for the boy she was with at the time. Its going to haunt him for ever.

blindboy March 3, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Very sad to hear so young. RIP

mad mom March 3, 2014 at 7:15 AM

A sad day in Claycord. Prayers go out to her family and friends. Also prayers for the train operator and to all involved in this tragedy. RIP

Anon March 3, 2014 at 7:30 AM

May this little angel rest in peace. So very sad – too young!! Thoughts and prayers to family and friends of this little girl – so sorry.

Very Sad March 3, 2014 at 7:36 AM

@Martinez Mom. We lost two classmates in junior high. One hit by a car right in front of me. And those losses never leave you, you never forget. But you did the right thing. I am so sorry to the family and friends.

Emily March 3, 2014 at 7:37 AM

It was Jenna Betti, I didn’t know her very well but ask anybody, she was a living angel, her smile could fix all your problems. I go to her school and she is always helping around or doing something good, i know shes in a better place now. She was sitting on the tracks and got up when she saw the train. She went to get her cell phone from the tracks. She is very missed, I never even talked to her but I have been crying a lot, she will never be forgotten.

don't hang out by the tracks March 3, 2014 at 7:48 AM

My husband is a train engineer. He says there always kids ha hanging out in that spot. Parents, talk to your kids. They really shouldn’t hang out in such a dangerous place.

Clayton Momma March 3, 2014 at 8:19 AM

My heart aches for what the family is going to be going through for the rest of their lives. I lost my son similarly 9 months ago & I wouldn’t wish this pain on anyone. Does anyone know the names of the parents? I would like to send them my condolences and offer help in any way I can.

Cryer March 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM

The mom is Dena Derenale Betti

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