Caltrain Service Disrupted After Train Hits Big-Rig

The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. in San Bruno causing damage to the train's engine.

Caltrain experienced system-wide delays Monday afternoon after a train struck a tractor-trailer on the tracks in San Bruno, a transit agency spokeswoman said.

A southbound train struck the vehicle at a track crossing at Angus Avenue at about 2:30 p.m., Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said. No injuries were reported, she said. Passengers on the disabled southbound train were transferred onto another train at the San Bruno station.

Emergency crews responded and began to clear the tracks. Trains began to single-track around the collision site causing trains to back up. However, by 6:18 p.m. both tracks reopened, tweeted Caltrain officials.

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Gracie R February 12, 2013 at 04:51 AM
He was not within the height limit. His trailer did not fit under the bridge!
Mark Taylor February 12, 2013 at 05:11 AM
The news reports this evening were interesting as were the videos of the scene. The train hit the tractor-trailer almost in the middle and the impact made that rear section land on the southbound side of the new construction wedged between the train and the new wall. It was so tightly wedged in they had to reverse the train to get access to it. And they were using welding equipment to get it free from that wall from the aerial view I saw. Had they had enough time, Caltrain might have been called and trains stopped at South San Francisco and San Bruno station until it was cleared. Alas it happened too fast. The truck was in the wrong place at wrong time. East Angus is the worst possible place to have this happen. Hard to back out of without others directing traffic away and around (not much space on East Angus). Liability is going to fall first on the truck driver, his company, and the woman behind who did not back up (yes, she can be held a contributing factor in this incident by Caltrain). And then there are fines to come for the truck driver/company from San Bruno P.D. from failing to comply with stated limit on height or truck restrictions, stopping on train tracks, and of course causing damage to another vehicle (the train engine). I imagine the train driver was in the crash position when it happened (he saw it early enough to slow down) and praying that the trailer would not flip up towards the cabin.
Peter Carey February 12, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Why was this truck on Angus and not San Bruno Ave?
Peter Carey February 12, 2013 at 04:14 PM
What was his destination ?
Mark Taylor February 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM
The San Mateo County Times has a article with photo gallery. Sorry but I cannot put that link here (it was rejected) so you will have to find it on your own. Worth a look for the photos of the scene. Just use your favorite search engine to locate the online version (it is now part of a newspaper out of San Jose). @ Peter-Probably was new to the area and or remembered there was a crossing at Angus. He likely did not know about the rail bridge until he arrived and foolishly thought he might be able to slip under. By now likely looking for a new job.


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