Driver escapes Caltrain smash-up in San Mateo

Monday evening crash delays trains throughout Peninsula

Peninsula Caltrain service was delayed most of Monday evening when a driver escaped from her stalled car just before it was hit by a southbound train in San Mateo.

The woman was unharmed after train No. 298 smashed into her stalled car at Bellevue Avenue. The car was completely destroyed. No injuries were reported.

The train was immediately taken out of service, and welders worked late into the night to repair damage to the locomotive, according to San Mateo County Transit District spokesperson Tasha Bartholomew.

Caltrain service was delayed for most of the evening commute because of the need to single-track all other trains around the crash site. Both tracks were reopened about midnight, Bartholomew said.

No details were available on why or how the driver got stuck on the tracks.

— Palo Alto Weekly


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Posted by James Thurber
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 22, 2009 at 2:44 pm

The driver did EXACTLY as she should have done . . . stalled car, training coming. Your contract to drive the car has just expired . . . time to "Punch Out"

Good job lass, good job.

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