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Train hits abandoned car in Sunnyvale

Original post made on Feb 25, 2010

Peninsula train service was halted for part of Thursday morning after Caltrain's northbound train No. 101 struck an abandoned car on the tracks in Sunnyvale.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 25, 2010, 10:56 AM

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Whisman Station
on Feb 25, 2010 at 11:51 am

Ok, there was a bad accident. So two or three stations send helicopters to wake up the neighborhoods. If every dog started barking at 5:30 I wonder how many calls the police would have for noise.

The traffic reports work fine without the helicopters circling neighborhoods. There was no necessity or benefit by the stations helicopters being in the neighborhood.

I would like to see the cities ask the station to keep the helicopters away from residential areas unless requested by the local authorities.

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Posted by RC
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Feb 25, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Is that the reason why helicopters were heard in the early morning hours? What is the benefit of circling in the air for this particular accident? I would like to hear from someone representing the city or relevant parties to help me to understand this.

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Posted by Karl
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 25, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I hope the police can find the person(s) who left the car so they can be prosecuted for inconveniencing and endangering the train riders.

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Posted by Buster
a resident of North Whisman
on Feb 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Couldn't the conductor see the car on the tracks instead of plowing into it?

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Posted by Jim Thurber
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Fie to the idiot who left the car on the track, endangering anyone who might have attempted to "rescue" anyone who might be inside. It's fortunate that only property damage was done.

Caltrain has had a very rough year. It has to be tough to be an engineer on the trains these days, with the rash of people getting injured (intentionally or otherwise) and the occasional car wreck. It would be nice if we, as a society, could grow up and start becoming more responsible.

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 25, 2010 at 3:27 pm

BTW The person driving a train is the engineer - the conductor is the person who deals with passengers.

One of the helicopters was the police

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Posted by Catherine
a resident of Willowgate
on Feb 25, 2010 at 5:28 pm

1. Buster - trains cannot stop in time when they see a car, person, etc.

2. This story is eminently fascinating. WHY would someone abandon a car on the tracks? Did it stall out? Was it going to be repo'd? And why would they abandon it on the tracks (which is very hazardous to the train and traumatic for the poor engineer) instead of plowing it into the old Cottage, where it could perhaps do some good? ;-).

PS - I'm joking about the Cottage. I think.

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Posted by WC
a resident of Rex Manor
on Feb 26, 2010 at 4:00 am

Stolen vehicle. Brand new.Then abandoned.

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Posted by joe isuzu
a resident of North Whisman
on Feb 26, 2010 at 9:08 am

I saw the plume of smoke and the fire equipment racing to the scene from 237 ovrecrossing. . What are the odds of this showing up on youtube.

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