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Update: SamTrans confirms its bus was involved in train incident at Menlo Park crossing

Original post made on Aug 1, 2013

More than 24 hours after witnesses reported that a SamTrans bus broke through a lowering railroad crossing arm and hurtled across the tracks at the Oak Grove Avenue crossing in Menlo Park shortly before the train arrived, the transit agency confirmed it was one of its buses.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 1, 2013, 11:00 AM

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Posted by It'sPat
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I locked my keys in the trunk of my car last year. Instead of bothering people, I hopped on a bus. The gal driving the bus clearly had headphones on ''white iPod head phones'' I was surprised since it is illegal to do so. I figured bus drivers should be held to a higher standard.
This was our santa clara county buses not samtrans. However I would not be surprised if the driver of the samtrans bus was also wearing headphones either that or sleeping??

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 1, 2013 at 7:13 pm

There's some lies in this story. The 292 doesn't even go to menlo park it goes to hillsdale san mateo. And the guy didn't report the accident at all. If he had he'd still have a job

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Posted by Che
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm

I have seen VTA buses run red lights on Alma, Embarcadero, Page Mill, and Oregon . It is important that these drivers be reported, since they endanger passengers and whatever vehicle they may hit.

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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 2, 2013 at 7:23 am

Jennifer is a registered user.


I was crossing in the opposite direction of the bus.

The bus started when the lights stopped and the arm was completely up as I did. However, shortly after we all started to cross, the southbound train triggered the lights and arms again.

The bus was already crossing the tracks. The arm fell on top of the bus and snapped. The bus did not hurtle across the tracks in any way. The bus continued to the next block and turned. I do not know if they pulled over at that time or not. However, the bus did not continue down Oak Grove at that time.

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Posted by Unanonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2013 at 1:33 pm

@anonymous: read the story, it was #119.

@Jennifer: call Mr Cheema at SamTrans and give your story. he is looking for witnesses!

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Posted by Reality Check
a resident of another community
on Jul 15, 2015 at 10:52 am

Reality Check is a registered user.

The story states it was bus 292 -- which is impossible since 292 runs between SFO and Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo.

The SamTrans route map confirms it was either bus route 286 or 296:

Web Link

Those are the only two routes that could cross the tracks on Oak Grove while "carrying five passengers" while school is out for the summer.

And since the bus was leaving the station, we know it was crossing eastbound, and the comment from eyewitness @Jennifer states the bus turned off Oak Grove at the next block -- which would be Laurel -- which means it could only have been route 296.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 15, 2015 at 10:57 am

What year is this?

Some stories should be retired to they don't contribute to further confusion.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of another community
on Jul 15, 2015 at 11:01 am

"Reality Check," why are you commenting on a dormant, two-year-old story? Your post fails to explain why.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 15, 2015 at 11:07 am

I assumed comment was related to very recent incident -- Web Link

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