Cyclist hits Caltrain?
Got a text message from a friend that the northbound train he was on struck a cyclist at the Redwood City station. A horrible accident apparently resulting from the cyclist crossing at a street where the crossing guards were down, but the cyclist chose to cross anyway, and apparently struck the train, rather than the other way around. No word on the condition of the rider. I rode the Caltrain numerous times before I’d moved into the city proper, and personally had two experiences with the train hitting pedestrians – both presumably suicides – which made me wonder how frequently these incidents occur.
Online reports indicate that 10 impact-related Caltrain deaths have been tallied for 2006, making it Caltrain’s deadliest year to date. The report cites that the transit agency has “stepped up safety and suicide prevention efforts” as a result.
I suppose there is always risk where transit forms intersect, and as might have happened in this case, impatience and over-confidence make people bold. I’m sure that the speed of the trains are harder to gauge than one might think, and one miscalculation is one too many. I think it is horrible that someone was injured, or even killed, in such an accident, but sometimes I feel that people unnecessarily increase their own risk, and for what? To make it to their destination 10 minutes faster?