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Man Killed On Railroad Tracks Near Gilman

The apparent suicide was reported Friday night.

A homeless man was struck by an Amtrak train just north of Gilman Street, on the Berkeley-Albany border, in an apparent suicide on Friday.

Union Pacific Railroad Police received a report that a train collided with a pedestrian at about 9:30 p.m. Friday, said Union Pacific Railroad Spokesman Aaron Hunt. Union Pacific Railroad owns the tracks.

Hunt did not have a name for the man.

Patch received a tip about the death from an anonymous woman, who said the man was staying at the Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) short-term homeless shelter on Harrison Street. He was asked to leave for unknown reasons the day of his death, she said.

A BOSS-Harrison Street representative confirmed that the man stayed at the shelter but would not provide further details due to confidentiality issues. An Amtrak representative was not available for comment Monday afternoon.

BP October 24, 2012 at 06:37 PM
13. Why the crossings aren't lit up so drivers can see the black rail cars across the tracks at night? 14. Why railroads remove and steal signals we paid for on closed re-worked crossings? 15. Why $$$millions$$$ of the rail safety budget we pay in is wasted on needless reworks at crossings preventing signals where needed? 16. Why the railroad isn't required to de-ice crossings before they roll the trains? 17. Why the railroad isn't required to raise their overpasses so big trucks can get under them? The railroad wants to double stack and our road overpasses are too low---no problem WE PAY MILLIONS. 18. Why drug/alcohol tests aren't done on rail crews at crossing/pedestrian collisions?
BP October 24, 2012 at 06:38 PM
7. Why the crossing surfaces aren't wider where if a vehicle fish tails on slick road and is trapped at the edge of the crossing surface trap? 8. Why the train cabs aren't required to be lit up like a Christmas tree with emergency vehicle light bars? LOOK AND SEE!! 9. Why the front of trains aren't required to have air bags or something to soften impacts? 10. Why trains don't have better braking systems? OLIs message now shows train brakes obviously suck. 11. Why there are no bidding invitations on the obviously overcharged crossing projects the tax-payers pay the railroads for. $10,000 just to get the equipment to the sight. TRUCKED IN. 12. Why trains are allowed to run in the fog?
BP October 24, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Things a REAL railroad Operation Lifesaver (OL) group would ask!!! 1. Why are all OL directors handpuppets of the railroad or government only giving lip service safety messages? 2. Why nothing is ever mentioned by OL that would cost the railroads a penny on the obviously missing safety equipment and track maintenance work? 3. Where are the crossing safety signals for the trains going too fast with no brakes or steering at 1,000s of crossings? 4. Where are the track video monitors for the trains going too fast with no brakes or steering to get the train stopped IN TIME? 5. Why aren't railroads paying at least half for crossing signals because it's their trains going too fast with no brakes or steering while paying the so-called RR directors millions a year. 6. Why the crossing humps trapping big trucks aren't required to be removed?
Tatter Salad October 25, 2012 at 08:12 AM
Hey BP, What part of "suicide" did you not get?
BP October 26, 2012 at 05:06 AM
The EVIDENCE part ---A UP talkin' head is not evidence and the reporter needs fired for printing HS bs from a NOBODY.

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