Vehicle struck by express train in Menlo Park

Woman stopped on tracks, was trapped in traffic, Caltrain spokesperson said

A mother and daughter were transported to a hospital on Friday evening, April 13, after their Saab was struck by an express train in Menlo Park, a Caltrain spokeswoman said.

Just after 5 p.m., the 1996 Saab that was traveling west on Ravenswood Avenue was hit by southbound train No. 264, according to Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn.

There were vehicles in front of and behind the Saab and the mother, who was driving, did not allow enough space in front of her car to clear the intersection, Dunn said.

The train struck the back of the car. The daughter was transported to Stanford Hospital with minor injuries. Her mother was also taken to the hospital as a precaution, she said.

The train was not damaged and none of the passengers reported injuries. Trains were delayed up to about 90 minutes. The tracks reopened at 6:05 p.m., according to Caltrain officials.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected from an earlier version to reflect that the mother was the driver of the vehicle.

— Bay City News Service


Posted by ODB, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

California Vehicle Code Section 22526(c):

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Posted by anon, a resident of another community
on Apr 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Poor kid. I'm guessing she's just starting to drive with her learner's permit if her mom was in the car with her and she got put in a position where she got stuck on the tracks. I wish people were more able to let their physical belongings go when in danger; simply jumping out of the car could have prevented the injuries.

Hopefully everybody involved recovers quickly and completely.

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