Amtrak Train Kills Man Near Oakland’s Jack London Square

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — An unidentified man was struck and killed by a San Jose-bound Amtrak train in Oakland Thursday afternoon, according to Amtrak and the Alameda County coroner’s bureau.

Capitol Corridor Train No. 535, which was coming from Sacramento, struck the victim just south of Jack London Square station around 12:15 p.m., Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said.

Investigators are unsure who the man was because he had no identification on him, according to the coroner’s bureau.

Officers are still looking into why the man was on the tracks, but no discipline has been taken on any train crew member as a result of the crash, Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said.

“Crew members won’t be disciplined for something that’s not their fault,” Cole said.

The train, which was carrying 39 passengers and four crew members, stopped while those on board waited for assistance, Graham said.

No passengers or crewmembers were injured.

All crewmembers requested to be relieved of duty, so the train remained at the scene until replacement staff arrived, Graham said.

Passengers were transferred to another train in Oakland around 1:15 p.m., Cole said.

The train was originally due in San Jose at 1:15 p.m. It was taken out of service while crews performed minimal repairs caused by the crash, Cole said.

Tracks were closed in both directions for almost two hours while officers responded to the scene. They were reopened shortly after 2 p.m. and other trains using the tracks experienced up to two-hour delays, Cole said.

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  • Tours Martel

    I wish these people who want to commit suicide would have the decency to do it themselves, rather than making the train crews victims. But then suicide is the ultimate form of self-absorbed behavior.

    • Dolores

      The man that did this was acually the Father of my cousins baby. He was severly depressed and didnt know of another way out. So sad that he felt this was the only way. Although we may never know what anyone could have done to help I for one choose not to judge him. He judged himself enough obviously.

    • B

      aparently if this is the correct person with the train accident im looking for the man had just got out of the hospital after a bad car accident and was not released. Something went wrong. The question remains how was he able to just leave the hospital in hospital clothing what meds did they give him and some more questions.

  • M K

    Cars and trains don’t attack people. It’s human error…or human intention. Amtrak train did not actually kill the man. This is poor wording.

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  • Lottie

    Really sad to heard this, I have known him since fifth grade.I will always remember his smile.We shared lots of memories and he will be sadly missed by lots of people.Rest in peace M.A.K.S :(

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