Amtrak Train Kills Pedestrian In San Leandro

SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF) – An Amtrak train heading toward Sacramento hit and killed a pedestrian Thursday morning in San Leandro, a San Leandro police lieutenant said.

Capitol Corridor train No. 528, which operates between San Jose and Sacramento, struck a person around 10:15 a.m. west of Davis Street in San Leandro, Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said.

San Leandro police Lt. Jeff Tudor said the pedestrian died as a result. Railroad police are taking over the investigation because the crash was on the tracks, not a city street, he said.

There were no injuries to the 35 passengers on board or to any crew members, Graham said.

On-schedule service resumed before 2 p.m.

The pedestrian was on the tracks but not on the Davis Street marked crossing, Graham said.

In a separate incident at 10:30 a.m., San Joaquin train No. 701 from Bakersfield to Sacramento struck a pedestrian west of the city of Merced.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the death was intentional.

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  1. lil ole lady says:

    If this was intentional, it’s a terrible way to die. If so, it took a lot of courage to face an oncoming train. Poor man. What could have so wrong in his life that he chose that.

    When will people learn to LOOK and not dart across the tracks if a train is coming. The train’s speed is deceptive, it’s traveling faster than it looks. Crossing the tracks in front of a stopped train is just plain stupid. You can’t see what’s coming. Many people have died this way. It’ sad because waiting a few moments or looking first can make the difference between life and death.

    1. Ricky says:

      Unfortunately, this was probably not a simple act of looking before you cross. I ride BART to/from work and every day I see people walking along the tracks to get from Point A to Point B. How they don’t hear the train coming I don’t know. Playing “chicken”? Getting their shoe caught between the railroad ties? Who knows. I’m amazed there aren’t more. My condolences to his family.

    2. DaPoPoMan says:

      Anyone who accidentally manages to get hit by a train is an idiot. Most of these incidents are intentional. Trains are a guaranteed method of suicide. You will not survive being struck by a train travelling at speed if you are standing. I know of one person who survived being run over but he was passed out drunk on the tracks and his injury was grievous. This is just like the man who drowned himself in Alameda. When you have someone who is determined you will not stop them.

  2. gem55 says:

    The article STATES that it was INTENTIONAL! DUH! To say that the train hit a pedestrian is ridiculous! The VAST majority of these train “hits” are suicides. I pity the engineers of these trains that have to witness these thoughtless suicides.

    1. anonymous says:

      The second pedestrian was intentional from merced at 10:30 not the previous one at 10:15. duh!

  3. the devil says:

    well thank god No major delays were reported as officials waited for the incident to be cleared.

  4. emily and family says:

    you will be missed cousin we LOVE you lots and rest in peace . we feel bad for your family espically my uncle jorje. and people saying mean comments please give us some help

  5. Survival says:

    Emily, so sorry for your loss! The article was prepared poorly & at the expense of family… Leaves readers guessing… A terrible thing for all involved!

  6. dripable says:

    Probably the best writing on here…

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