Train knocks empty SUV off tracks into idiots, killing one
- Published Saturday, April 8, 2006, by the Contra Costa Times
Bay Point train accident kills one
By Kiley Russell
One man died and another was seriously injured Saturday in Bay Point
after being hit by an sport utility vehicle that was knocked off a
railroad track by a freight train.
According to the conductor and engineer, the train bore down on the
white 1993 Isuzu that was parked on the tracks and that was possibly
being used to pull a four-door pickup truck out of the mud, said
Scott Yox, a California Highway Patrol spokesman.
At the time of the collision, no one was in the Isuzu but five men
began running towards the vehicle as the train approached, said Lena
Kent, a spokeswoman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.
The train struck the Isuzu on private property near an access road
north of Suisun Avenue at about 6:30 p.m. The SUV spun off of the
tracks, hitting two of the men.
The Isuzu also struck the pickup, but didn't damage it badly enough
to disable it. The three other men fled in the truck before the
conductor could stop the train and return to the scene of the
accident, Yox said.
The injured men's names were not released.
The train was on the last leg of a trip from Chicago to Pittsburg
when it collided with the SUV. It was held for two hours while
officers collected evidence from the scene.
The investigation is being conducted by sworn police officers
working for Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Yox said.