KTVU is reporting tonight about a train accident at the Jack London Square Amtrak Station. That makes sense since KTVU is literally down the street. The accident occurred before 10 PM between a train stopped at the station and another that was slowly entering. I’m confused as to why this occurred since there are three platforms and two tracks for Amtrak at the JLS station; nevertheless, it happened. Yes, Virginia, train safety is nothing to prematurely dismiss. The video below was taken a few years ago. Understand what we’re dealing with here:
From what I can piece together in the timetables, the two trains that collided were the northbound San Joaquin #717 coming from Bakersfield (9:55 arrival) and the northbound Coast Starlight #14 (PDF, 9:42 departure) coming from LA. The fact that they’re both listed as northbound is misleading since the San Joaquin actually loops around western Contra Costa County before stopping at Emeryville and terminating in Oakland. That would explain why the two engines hit each other. Fortunately, the 18 reported injuries were all minor in nature.
Can you imagine the scene if tonight’s accident occurred outside an A’s game at Victory Court right after the final out? This is why real infrastructure changes are needed at Victory Court to accommodate 30,000 coming 82 times a year. Fans are worth the cost.