Caltrain slams into stopped car, killing driver

A man is dead after his car was struck by a train while on the tracks in Redwood City Tuesday afternoon.

The victim, who has not been identified, was traveling west on Whipple Road around 4:30 p.m., according to Caltrain spokesman Mark Simon.

Simon said the light had turned green for traffic on Whipple Road to cross El Camino Real when an emergency vehicle was headed south through the intersection with its sirens on.

He said all cars had stopped to allow the emergency team to pass through the intersection. At the same time, though, the arms for Caltrain at the street level crossing went down to warn vehicles of the coming 362 Express Train.

The driver of the two-door Honda  was stuck, Simon said.

“I don’t know why he didn’t exit the vehicle,” he said. “The light was green. But the emergency vehicle was going through, so traffic wasn’t moving. He had nowhere to go.”

The man was the only person in the vehicle.

The train’s last stop was at the Hillsdale Station and it was scheduled to continue on to Palo Alto.

The train was traveling around 60 mph, Simon said.

Caltrain’s afternoon service was delayed as one track was open to trains following the incident.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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