kpix-7-2013-masthead kcbs 7-2013-masthead

Amtrak Train Kills Man Near Oakland’s Jack London Square

View Comments
Amtrak Train at Crossing

An Amtrak train at a railroad crossing. (CBS)

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.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 53,852 other followers