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ClydeDET
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« on: Oct 2nd, 2011, 3:22pm »
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Oakland to Bakersfield Amtrak train apparently hit a truck on the tracks and put engineer and nearly 40 passengers in the hospital yesterday. Truck driver and apssenger said to be not hurt, so sounds like an 18-wheeler with the trailer hit. Just a side-bar in our local parrot cage liner.

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« Reply #1 on: Oct 2nd, 2011, 7:26pm »
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The train was No. 718 southbound San Joaquin from Oakland to Bakersfield, leaving Oakland at 5:50pm and getting into Bakersfield about midnight.  Reportedly about 200 passengers on board.  This I think to be about the normal loading.  This is the train we normally ride going down to see our son and d-i-l in Fresno.  Gets into Fresno at 9:50pm.  Operates in push mode southbound.  
 
Location described as near the intersection of Orwood Road and Bixler Road in east Contra Costa County.  Bixler is a north-south road and Orwood and east-west road.  The road the truck was on was a farm road that ran north out of Orwood Road.  The crossing was a few hundred feet north of where it hit Orwood Rd.  
 
Reported time of accident 7:23pm, which would make it about on time.
 
The truck appears to have been an agricultural hauler with double trailers.  Not stated, but indications are that it was the second trailer that was hit.  
 
The track is straight in approach to the crossing for several miles to the west and there is a curve just beyond the crossing to the east.  The train direction was west to east.  Speed limit on the railroad is 79 mph.  I think the curve may have a restriction, but do not know what it is.  Would suspect that it is at least 60 mph.  
 
The collision was described as a sudden jolt followed by a quick stop.  39 people were taken to various hospitals in the area but all were released by the next morning.  
 
The cab car was sufficiently damaged that it could no longer lead, but no so much that the entire train could not be towed to Stockton, about 16 miles.  It was stated that the cab car was switched out and the train finished its run with a BNSF engine on the front.  Since the Amtrak diesel was on the back it could be left on and running sufficiently to maintain electrical power to the train.  
 
Reported delay, somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 hours.  


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« Reply #2 on: Oct 4th, 2011, 6:55pm »
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Very interesting, George. What type cars are used on the San Joaquins? The GO Transit types? f so, and if ey are set up like the ones on TRE, somebody might have been in what i consider the best seats in the house, as long as something like this doesn't happen...

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« Reply #3 on: Oct 6th, 2011, 12:48am »
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CtyQ6ZRMt0

 
 
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« Reply #4 on: Oct 6th, 2011, 7:49pm »
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Well, that answers that question. Bi-levels.

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