At 12:53 pm Wednesday, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District responded to a report of a train versus vehicle at E Cypress Road and Main Street in the City of Oakley.
While units were responding, it was reported that at least 3 vehicles had been involved in the crash and victims had major injuries. The Oakley Police Department was on scene assisting.
At least one person was deceased and another patient had traumatic injuries and was being airlifted to a local hospital.
The roadway is currently shutdown.
1:20 pm UPDATE
Oakley Police have confirmed at least 1 person is dead
1:45 pm UPDATE
Shortly before 1:00 p.m. a vehicle which had been travelling westbound on East Cypress collided with a train. One passenger has been pronounced dead at the scene and the driver was transported for treatment.
An additional vehicle in the area was struck by the car secondarily and the passengers in that car were not injured.
Oakley Police advises you to avoid the area of Main Street and E. Cypress Road due to current traffic congestion. The traffic collision will cause traffic backups and detours for the next five hours. For access towards Bethel Island, use alternate routes to northbound Sellers Road to eastbound Cypress Road.
Check back for updates.
I’ve been caught on these tracks before. The new redirect at the light does NOT help. You really have to be paying attention to not get stuck on the tracks – the light will be green and everyone is moving then it’ll turn red and people just stop and you thought you would be able to clear the tracks. Thankfully I don’t live that direction anymore to travel that way.
I never stop on railway tracks. Most people do. Traffic backs up and then you’re stuck on the track. Got to look ahead!
I think the idea is you are not to ever stop on the tracks even if the light is green which would mean that you do not cross the tracks (including past the railroad post) until the other side is clear and can accommodate your vehicle despite the color of the light in front of you. This message will hopefully resonate with the public in that stay clear of the tracks at all times, trains cant stop in that short of distance and if they must it is likely more than a few people would suffer fatal injuries on the train with many more non-fatal injuries. Drivers training needs to be increased especially from the parents to their new driving kids.
I’m sorry to the parents of those kids in the accident on these tracks I live in bethel island 2 days ago I was at the same tracks wen the light turned red as I was Gona proceed because the arm blocker wasn’t down I hesitated and stopped wwich thankfully I did because the train came flying threw before the arm blockers even got halfway down there’s something wrong with the lights and arm blockers at that street light I’m sorry for those baby’s family’s
If you are stopped at a RR crossing and the light turns green you DO NOT CROSS THE TRACKS UNTIL YOU ATE SURE YOU CAN CLEAR THEM ON THE OTHER SIDE PERIOD!!!
It doesn’t matter if the car behind you is honking!!! Quit blaming the city or the RR company. Take accountability, we all learn this in drivers Ed. I’m sorry for their loss.
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