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Four Train Accidents & Two Fatalities in Bay Area in One Night

In a very concerning series of events, the Bay Area experienced four serious train accidents last evening-half of them ending in fatal results. While the evening commute for Bay Area residents can be interesting, it normally doesn't involve numerous accidents with every major public transit agency.

Three of the incidents happened within minutes of each other, with Amtrak's Capital Corridor train, Caltrain, and a VTA light rail train getting into collisions in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Less than two hours after the first three collisions, a pedestrian accident on BART tracks in San Bruno resulted in a fatality. This brought the count to four total accidents with two deaths.

Deadly Collisions Raise Concerns About Safety

Just before the fatal San Bruno incident, the firsts of the deadly collisions occurred in San Jose at 4:30 p.m. The northbound VTA light rail was just south of the Fruitdale station when it hit and killed a pedestrian. When firefighters first responded to the scene with rescue efforts, the individual under the train was till responsive. It took firefighters more than an hour and a half to remove them. By around 6:00 p.m., the individual was reported dead.

Around the same time, the Capital Corridor Amtrak train collided with a car driven by a 55-year Oldman in Santa Clara. While the driver did not suffer life-threatening injuries, he was taken to the hospital for assessment and care. The incident caused an estimated two-hour delay for commuters.

15 minutes after the 4:30 p.m. collisions, a man was hit at the San Mateo station of Caltrain. He was still alive by the time rescue crews brought him to the hospital. About an hour and a half later, another pedestrian was not as lucky. At 6:15 p.m., BART officials confirmed that an individual was hit while standing on the platform at the San Bruno station and suffered fatal injuries. The station had to be evacuated and closed down until the scene was cleared.

VTA Speaks Out About Rail Incidents

VTA spoke out about the incidents, urging pedestrians to remain safe around the rail system and tracks, especially in the age of modern distractions and other factors that can jeopardize safety. They also reminded commuters and those around the area to follow the rules of the road and make sure unsafe conditions are reported right away. Their goal is to improve communications and safety standards to curb similar train incidents from happening in the future.

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