Amtrak Trains Delayed in Martinez After Train Strikes Pedestrian

March 19, 2014 · 18 comments

A Capitol Corridor Amtrak train hit and injured a pedestrian in Crockett this morning, fire and railroad officials said.

The collision was reported at 7:31 a.m. near the intersection of Winslow and Vallejo streets, a Contra Costa County fire dispatcher said.

The person was transported by helicopter to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, the dispatcher said. He did not know the extent of the person’s injuries.

There were 56 passengers on board the train at the time, which was heading from Sacramento to Oakland, Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said.

No one on board the trains were injured.

Amtrak trains were delayed between Martinez and Richmond, Graham said.

1 The Southern Cross March 19, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Another idiot.

It’s not like a train can deviate off-course easily.

2 anon March 19, 2014 at 12:33 PM

back to numbering comments? ok
i’m thinking along the lines as southern cross #1 after reading the headline. I’ts more like passenger gets in path of moving train. yes i know the train did hit the person in reality.

3 94519 March 19, 2014 at 12:34 PM

What could be so important a person will
challenge a train. How could a person play
on or near the tracks.
If you play with fire, you are going to get
burned. Although I feel for their families, I have
to think that just like other extreme activities ,
the consequences could be fatal.
I have more sympathy for the train crew than
the ” victim”.

4 Lucy March 19, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Stay off the tracks people!! Why dont people understand the dangers of the mighty train????????

5 Tanya March 19, 2014 at 1:29 PM

I went on a fieldtrip to Old Sacramento yesterday on Amtrak and when we got back to Martinez, my 9 year old daughter made a great observation. There aren’t any crossing guard rails for passengers going across the train tracks. They have them for vehicles, but not pedestrians. There are kinda/sorta crosswalks, but nothing to alert you if any trains are coming. It was scary. We heard a train taking off, but with the sun in our eyes, we couldn’t tell which direction it was going. Of course we waited, but still…….

6 Cowellian March 19, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Practice situational awareness! A few years ago a pedestrian was talking on his cellphone while waiting for a train to pass at Oakland’s Jack London Square. As soon as the train passed, he immediately started crossing the tracks, and got nailed by the train on the second track.

7 Incognito March 19, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Trains versus people = not a happy ending.

8 rw March 19, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Darwin had it right. It’s just thinning the herd of people too stupid to live.

9 Moron March 19, 2014 at 7:24 PM

#5, Crossing Guard Rails???
Guess what – There’s No Crossing Guard rails at each street corner crosswalk now is there?
Though I’m glad your 9 year old Daughter is observant, Please explain to Her that that is NOT the World that She wants to grow up and live in, the Nanny World. No thank you!!!
Can you not see where it’s headed with that thinking, “Beware of this Sign, it has Sharp Edges”, or “This Drink Contains too much Sugar, You will Forfeit your Health Plan if Purchasing this Drink”.
~
If you Cannot Hear a Trains horn, I don’t blame the train.
PS – Bridges DO NOT need suicide nets either, People will find another way, they really will.

10 Michael Sabah March 19, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Gina I’m hoping you the best as well as best wishes for your kids. I’ll def be putting a prayer in the air for you tonight and your so close at J Muir WC that it will have to work. Just talked to Tony and he says your indestructible so hoping so for all of your sake. From Michael and Stacy,

11 Michael Sabah March 19, 2014 at 7:59 PM

People with stupid comments keep them to yourself. Please pray for her family or say something nice. Why be negative in such a horrible time for her family??!?

12 Walnut Creek Resident March 19, 2014 at 9:22 PM

I agree number eleven. I think most people are on Claycord are full of the negative put down attitudes. We should be kind all the time. Especially when there is a an event like this. I pray for the family and friends of this person. So sad.

13 michael March 19, 2014 at 9:43 PM

dam i know this area and i can say without a doubt if you loose focus or become unaware at anytime on this part of the tracks your dead there are many curves and train horns cant be heard on the other side of the curve and a train thats pushing the cars is a silent train if your just strolling along on the tracks or to close dead plain and simple ive warned many people about a train on this part and there like ya ok ty well i can see they dont know what the hazzards are. 45 to 55 mph threw this part curves are tight and short at most you have 40 to 50 yards to clear and the train is traveling that if not more every second do the math along with a train pushing and not pulling knock all that in half and its down right scary if your not aware your killing yourself nomatter what this part of the tracks on a scale of 1 to 10 as being dangrous a 10 +5 no slippin between richmond and martinez you have to be on top of all your senses yes sir every 2 seconds you better be looking behind you on this part of the tracks no bullchit every two seconds

14 Michael Sabah March 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Thank u WC resident. I didn’t put her last name because the last thing her family needs is harassment or negativity right now. I wouldn’t wish bad on anybody, and I do believe in karma. I’ve had a friend due in an accident and the people on this website said the most horrible things and someone also said they saw the accident and explained it in such a horrible way it brought tears to my eyes. Turned out my buddys accident was nothing like they had said and even while he died from injury due to major trauma and burns from the car fire. He thanked the people that had tried to help him and even smiled. While he may have been in shock and he obviously didn’t make it. It was a relief that the original image portrayed by a “witness” was not the truth at all. People criticized him as well and he didn’t hurt anybody besides himself. He was a great person that will be forever loved by many. I just hope people realize this is just an internet forum that touches on many local topics but is not a credible referenced news site, or station for that matter. Once again ty for the kind words…

15 Tanya March 20, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Hey Moron, you’re name is right, MORON! Too stupid to even try to argue your response. You are definitely a Moron and an idiot! Life is too short to be so grumpy and negative!

16 @Tanya March 20, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Your last sentence is dripping with irony.

17 sierra March 20, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Anyone who has negative comments can keep to themselves you have no idea what we as a family are going through you werent there at the seen so who are any of you to say anything about it is amazing ignorant and rude some of you people are if this were you in the situation I highly doubt you woud be saying this about your own family mamber so to all you positive people yes please send your prayers and day byday they should be helping her get better

18 sierra March 20, 2014 at 10:31 PM

gina is a loving women and if you dont know her you shouldnt be saying anything at all

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