Video shows Caltrain nearly hitting man on tracks

A man crossing Caltrain tracks on the Peninsula was nearly hit and it was all caught on camera.
March 18, 2014 5:20:26 AM PDT
A man crossing Caltrain tracks on the Peninsula was nearly hit and it was all caught on camera.

A flashing crossing guard is at the Caltrain stop in Redwood City and there's also a sign warning of a potential fine if you go around it when it's flashing. But when people are in a hurry sometimes these warnings don't mean much.

The video was taken at the Caltrain station in Redwood City back on February 18 at about 8:40 in the morning. Caltrain says a group of people tried to make it across the tracks against a flashing crossing gate in the down position with an express train quickly approaching.

The trains can reach a top speed of 79 miles-per-hour and can cover the length of a football field in less than three seconds. Caltrain also warns people to watch for a second train since two to four tracks are utilized.

Thirteen people were hit and killed by Caltrain last year.


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