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19-year-old killed by train near downtown station

Original post made on Jan 4, 2009

A young woman killed by a train Wednesday evening on the tracks north of Castro Street has been identified as Allison Marie Springfield of Sunnyvale.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 2, 2009, 2:19 PM

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Posted by concerned
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jan 4, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Yet another tragedy on the Caltrain tracks. Why isn't anything being done to secure these tracks from pedestrians? How many more people have to die for someone to take this seriously? My deepest sympathy to the victim's loved ones.

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Posted by Chris
a resident of another community
on Jan 8, 2009 at 12:16 am

I loved this girl with all my heart. R.I.P. your my angel, my allison.

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Posted by A Friend
a resident of another community
on Jan 13, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Allison was a friend of mine and no all I have are memories. Something needs to be done about the train tracks! What the hell more needs to happen before Caltrain does something?!?!

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Posted by Melissa L.
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 17, 2009 at 12:13 pm

It's sad that she's gone, but condemning Caltrain for failing to provide us pedestrian-proof tracks is irrational.

They're train tracks. They're equipped with signs, alarms, lights and physical barriers at every cross street, and they are static. People and how they would perceive and process any combination of these are dynamic; maybe any one of these people had a hearing problem, or couldn't see, or were listening to their iPods, or wanted to die, or simply weren't paying attention.

It's Caltrain's job to provide signs, alarms, lights and physical barriers, not to make their train tracks everywhere people-proof.

It's our job to make sure we're only crossing at those points which provide us information about the tracks and/or use the various systems Caltrain has developed to tell us when/if a train is coming, not to scream and yell about Caltrain needing to make their tracks people-proof.

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Posted by Laurie
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 17, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Ok the cop is a dumbass.

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Posted by Rachel
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 3, 2009 at 9:49 am

What an insightful comment, Laurie! Mountain View is lucky to have intellectuals like you!

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