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Toyota Prius driving down the Caltrain tracks last night

Original post made by pious on Nov 2, 2011

The Mercury-News said someone tried to drive a Toyota Prius down the Caltrain train tracks near Meadow Drive last night. Anyone figure out how that happened? The authorities were able to stop the trains and tow out the car before a disaster happened. Web Link

Comments (6)

Posted by Joe, a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I don't think anyone but the driver would be able to answer why they drove onto the tracks. I heard that the driver was not from this area, so perhaps they were unfamiliar with the layout of the crossing and the intersection. The train actually saw the car on the tracks and managed to stop on it's own. I don't believe PAPD had time to notify train control, or the SMC Sheriff (responsible for Caltrain security) because things happened pretty quickly. Thank goodness nobody was hurt.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Before anyone says how irresponsible the driver is, I can tell you that these crossings are confusing to someone in the dark who doesn't know the area particularly if they are using a GPS.

I have often got lost in the dark when using a GPS, never turned onto a railroad, but I have gone into a driveway/entrance by mistake.

So pleased there was nobody hurt.


Posted by Get Real, a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm

You are supposed to pay attention to the road not the GPS. I would assume that the driver was going down the side of the tracks and not actually on the tracks. Either that, they should take a driver's test again to see if they are capable of driving a potentialy lethal weapon.


Posted by Anon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm

>> Before anyone says how irresponsible the driver is, I can tell you that these crossings are confusing to someone in the dark who doesn't know the area particularly if they are using a GPS.

Please ... if that was true people would be driving onto the "confusing" railroad tracks all over the place all the time.

You have to be a very bad driver, stupid, incompetent or deliberately trying to drive onto the railroad tracks - or at once see what you have done and back out ASAP.

Anyone who drives so blind with GPS that they do not look at the road or where they are going needs to get rid of their GPS or not be driving.

I'd have to guess this was a person with sight problems, a drunk or drugged driver or a mentally impaired or very elderly person.

Glad no one was hurt. Lucky they had their lights on - assuming it was dark.


Posted by pious, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Nov 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Did the driver turn left onto the train tracks, or turn right?
Do we need brighter lights at this intersection?
I would really hate to see a train full of people derail.


Posted by Davey-o, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Nov 3, 2011 at 11:09 am

"these crossings are confusing"

Can you imagine driving on the tracks? Not exactly a smooth ride! Hard to imagine someone not realizing they're on RR tracks.

If it was so, they barely escaped their Darwinian Fate.


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