Victim of Fatal Train Accident Identified as 14-year-old Martinez Junior High School Student

March 3, 2014 8:53 am · 106 comments


Authorities in Martinez have identified the victim of the fatal train accident on Sunday as Martinez resident Jenna Betti.

Betti, 14, was a student at Martinez Junior High School.

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

Betti was pronounced deceased on the railroad tracks and the incident remains under investigation. Authorities say she may have been trying to retrieve her cell phone from the tracks at the time of the accident.

screenshot: Jenna Betti/

101 anon anon March 5, 2014 at 7:14 PM

This poor thing! She probably didn’t know :(
The rails are 4 feet 8.5 inches wide and the locomotive is 10 feet 3 inches wide – So there’s some overhang. I’ve photographed trains for 30 years & I would watch trains after school & doing my paper route. This part about the train “sucking” you into it is FALSE, especially the train that hit this poor girl – it possibly was going less than 20mph against a yellow signal (it was following behind another train). Tests have been done, they’re not going to have trains blast through a station with people there on the platform if the suction thing was an issue. Only BNSF knows what happened based on the locomotive video camera and black box / event recorder. I would say the train hit the emergency brakes before the accident based on how fast it stopped.
Don’t fear trains – Respect them, they’re large and fun to watch, keep your distance and you’ll be safe.,3343331

102 #97 March 5, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Have you ever heard of respect? There was a death of a young girl and there are ignorant idiots on here bashing the parents. If they had been raised right they would know when situations like this happen you don’t sit here and bash the parents for everyone to see. Before you jump into this read everything. Yes it’s a blog, but if you have something rude or disrespectful to say , KEEP IT TO YOURSELF and have respect.

103 Just sayin March 6, 2014 at 3:09 PM


Guess what I have read everything more than once.

104 #103 March 7, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Obviously not because the people saying shut up to others are only saying it to the negative comments. This may be a blog for everyone but RESPECT something your parents should have taught you.

105 Kelli March 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM

We’ve all made mistakes, even as adults. Noone is to blame. My heart goes out to this family. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain they are going through. They need prayers and support. Let us also not forget Jenna’s boyfriend and all that he too must be going through to have witnessed and now be living with these painful memories. Him and his family as well need support.
God Bless you all

106 jesssica March 9, 2014 at 6:48 PM

sorry for your loss. R.I.P Jenna
god bless you all

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