1 Hospitalized after Petaluma Train Crash on Highway 101
PETALUMA, CA (June 14, 2020) – Thursday morning, a pedestrian sustained injuries in a train accident on Highway 101 in north Petaluma.
According to reports, a SMART train struck and injured a pedestrian walking his bike on the railroad trucks. The incident canceled one train and delayed the other morning commute.
SMART spokeswoman Julia Gonzalez revealed that the crash occurred at 5:35 a.m. Moreover, the 25-year-old homeless man from Petaluma managed to walk after the crash.
Petaluma Police Sgt. Rick Cox revealed that responders took the injured to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
The crash happened near the underpass below Highway 101, north of the Southpoint Boulevard crossing.
“This was quite a distance from a crossing,” Gonzalez stated. “Why this person was on the rail line has not been determined.”
Petaluma police and SMART authorities are handling the investigation.
“The man was walking south along the tracks near a trestle close to the Petaluma outlet mall,” Cox stated.
Then, the train crews turned on its horn as it approached a small curve. However, it couldn’t slow in time to avoid the crash.
The train traveled at around 35 mph during the crash. Moreover, the police revealed that the man didn’t wear headphones.
Furthermore, the incident involved the 5 a.m. train, the first southbound train, with 25 occupants inside.
“The train was delayed for a period,” Gonzalez said. “Those passengers were taken to the Petaluma station, where they were met by the next southbound train and then continued on their journey.”
Due to the incident, the crash canceled the train’s scheduled trip north. After an hour, the trains’ schedule was normalized.
As pedestrians, we are also responsible for the laws. Furthermore, it is important to follow these rules to avoid accidents that can lead to injuries and worst, death.
The Case of Petaluma Accident
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