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Mother, Daughter Hospitalized After Caltrain Accident

Caltrain hit the car they were in on Ravenswood Avenue.

Editor's Note: Though Bay City News originally reported that the daughter was driving the car, Patch spoke with a witness to the accident who indicated that, in fact, the mother was driving the car, and the daughter is a teenager. On Apr. 18, Caltrain officials confirmed that the mother drove the vehicle.

A mother and daughter have been transported to a hospital Friday evening after an express , officials for the system  said.

Just after 5 p.m., the 1996 Saab travelled west on Ravenswood Avenue when struck by southbound train No. 264, according to Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn.

The vehicles in front of and behind the Saab 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 mom was also taken to the hospital as a precaution, she said. The train was not damaged and none of the passengers reported injuries.

--Bay City News

Maria Pia April 14, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Thankful they are alright. Those big white "RXR /stop here " markings on the track crossings are there for a reason.
Jennifer Taylor April 14, 2012 at 06:49 PM
"The vehicles in front of and behind the Saab did not allow enough space in front of her car to clear the intersection, Dunn said. " It couldn't have possibly been her fault for misjudging how big her car was and proceeding into an Railroad crossing, but it was indeed the cars in front of and behind her's fault. RIGHT....
Reality Check April 16, 2012 at 10:19 PM
The operator of any vehicle that gets hit by a train due to being "trapped" on a crossing, should be cited for violating CVC 22526(d) (http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc22526.htm), which states: (d) A driver of a vehicle shall not enter a railroad or rail transit crossing, notwithstanding any official traffic control device or signal indication to proceed, unless there is sufficient space on the other side of the railroad or rail transit crossing to accommodate the vehicle driven and any railway vehicle, including, but not limited to, a train, trolley, or city transit vehicle.
Laura April 17, 2012 at 03:00 AM
I was on that train. Caltrain doesn't hit anyone. We have one track north. One track south. We can't go right. We can't go left. It takes a little over a mile to make a fast complete stop. Your car is sitting on the tracks? You're just asking to be hit. Duh!!
Maria Pia April 17, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Stanley Finds Its Not Hard to Find Drivers Behaving Badly on Railroad Tracks http://serve.castfire.com/video/944577/944577_2012-04-17-002817.html

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