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Menlo Park: Bus breaks off crossing arm, crosses tracks shortly before train arrives

Original post made on Jul 31, 2013

A SamTrans bus broke off a lowering railroad crossing arm and hurtled across the tracks at the Oak Grove Avenue train crossing in Menlo Park this morning, shortly before the train arrived, a witness said.

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Posted by RS
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 31, 2013 at 10:14 am

Beware: I have heard of people getting tickets for crossing the tracks during the short period after the lights start flashing but before the arms start to come down. Unfortunately, railroad crossings have no equivalent to a yellow light.

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Posted by Commuter
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 31, 2013 at 10:41 am

About a year ago, I also saw a SamTrans bus quickly cross the tracks after the bells started ringing. Very reckless. Hope someone got the number of today's bus and reported it to SamTrans. Otherwise, I'm sure they could check the schedule to determine who was driving.

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Posted by curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 31, 2013 at 11:12 am

Some SamTrans driver is probably trying to explain the scratched paint on his/her bus to the boss right about now. This incredibly reckless act not only endangered the bus passengers, it could have derailed the train.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 31, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Is this a version of hit and run since the bus didn't stop after crossing the tracks, though they must have known they snapped off the crossing arm and had a close call with a train just seconds away? I certainly hope police follow up.

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Posted by Whew!
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 31, 2013 at 2:52 pm

The passengers must have been terrified! I hope se era. Of then, at least, reported the driver to Sam Trans!

A couple of years ago, I was coming out of Walgreen's on Middlefield and saw a VTA bus run a stoplight ( not the first time I have seen that, either). I wrote down the bus number and called to report it when I got home.

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