Caltrain Strikes Empty Car on Tracks in San Bruno

The incident occurred in San Bruno at about 6:30 p.m. Monday.

UPDATE 8:19 P.M.: Caltrain tracks in San Bruno reopened shortly before 8 p.m. Monday  evening after a train struck a car on the tracks, a Caltrain spokeswoman said.

While the car was being cleared from the tracks trains turned around to avoid the collision scene with SamTrans operating a bus bridge between the Millbrae and South San Francisco stations.

UPDATE 7:10 P.M.: A commuter train struck a car on Caltrain tracks in San Bruno on Monday  evening, a Caltrain spokeswoman said.

Northbound train No. 381 struck a vehicle on the tracks at San Bruno Avenue at about 6:30 p.m., Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

Dunn said it appeared no one was in the vehicle at the time of the collision. No one on board the train was injured.

UPDATE 6:45 P.M.: Caltrain trains were stopped in both directions after an accident involving northbound train No. 381 in San Bruno on Monday night, according to 511.org.

The incident was reported just after 6:30 p.m.

Further details were not immediately available. Check back on Patch for updates.

Are you affected by the delays? Tell us your experience in the comments section.


Bay City News Service contributed to this article.

Chris Zhang March 05, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Getting stuck on the train tracks is not an excuse. If they can't learn how to avoid that they should have their license revoked before they kill themselves
Claudia Cruz March 05, 2013 at 05:42 AM
@Rob, Caltrain benefits from High Speed Rail money. The two projects may be administered by different entities, but a lot of HSR money will go toward Caltrain electrification.
Mark Taylor March 05, 2013 at 06:06 AM
@Rob Chapman-Your right, that intersection is a real mess due to construction. I try to avoid the area except when taking the bus through it (like the 141). Supposedly the trains were supposed to begin running above in the summer, but they have had delays so it may be fall now. @Chris-A few weeks ago a tractor/trailer driver decided to cross over at Angus (south of San Bruno Ave). His truck was too big to get under the rail bridge, could not back up, and then the southbound train came. Just enough time to leap out and run!
Freemotorist March 06, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Caltrain is outdated, dangerous at-grade, and a disjointed rail system in the region that ought to be phased out to be replaced by BART over the next 10 years...in time for 2022, BART's 50th birthday, perhaps. When BART circles the Bay to compete effectively with "cars" in a one-seat transit solution to get to Bay Area major Universities, downtowns, Sports and event venues, airports and interregional transit hubs, and the burgeoning literally millions of square footage of NEW construction in the Peninsula that sucks motorists over from the East Bay with no transfer-less high capacity, safe, redundant transit option (such as motorists have with I80-I680-I280 and I80 I880-US101 1-seat loops around the Bay. Electrified, grade-separated, fast, sleek, BART is planned to S.C. Univ now...leaving only 28 miles to study, fund, build to close the BARTAROUNDTHEBAY (my blog) (BAB) gap over time. The ~$5Billion planned to perfume the Caltrain pig needs to be redirected to BART BAB. Ironically, some Peninsula cities suffer more Caltrain deaths than illegal gun use deaths, in fact, 190 dead since 1/1/1995, 30 since 1/1/2011, 12 last year, and 1 already this year, per Bay News sources. Why is this slaughter, including easy suicides, tolerated with this incredibly dangerous outdated train? Cause we, in Silicon Valley, land of "Creative Destruction" and Innovation have "already done it (Caltrain passenger rail) this way" since 1863 trackway. Let's fight for BAB (with or w/o HSR).
Kathryn Markham April 09, 2013 at 06:37 AM
Chris- have you ever had an accident-- skiing, biking, driving? Many accidents could be prevented, but they happen nonetheless. You may find yourself someday in a grade level train crossing and think more kindly about those that are hit.


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