Man barely escapes being hit by train (with video)

Will Lerner
Odd NewsMarch 19, 2014

Caltrain, the train service that runs through San Francisco and San Jose in California, put up a video on YouTube last month that is now starting to gainattention in the press. In the video, you can see a man just barely avoid being hit by a speeding train. As KTVU Channel 2 news reports, it’s being shown to promote public safety.

For those unable to watch the video, at around the 1:02 mark, you can see three people scurry across a pedestrian path that goes right over a rail line. Then, at the 1:08 minute mark, a man jets across, and just barely makes it across before the train whizzes by. It is, undoubtedly, a stupid and reckless move. If he had waited a few seconds, the train would have passed by and he wouldn’t have to risk life and limb to cross.

KGO ABC 7 News notes that trains can, “reach a top speed of 79 miles-per-hour and can cover the length of a football field in less than three seconds.” Obviously, being hit by a large metal object going 79 MPH is lethal, thirteen people were hit and killed last year, according to the station.

Peninsula Moves , which according to KTVU and other outlets is a Caltrain blog, wrote about the incident and gave some friendly advice to those living in the area, but they work for anyone who lives near a rail line. They write:

  • Look, Listen, Live!
  • Never go around the gates! The Gate Means Wait
  • Pay attention near tracks.
  • Watch out for a second train.
  • Expect a train on any track, at any time.


Related: Woman ducks back under railroad crossing arm and barely avoids speeding train (with video)

More info: KTVU,KGO, Peninsula Moves