Chase ends in wreck on train tracks

The commute was delayed for some Caltrain passengers Wednesday night after a suspected robber wedged his getaway car between the two tracks leading out of The City.

The robbery — during which a 67-year-old man fell after a violent struggle with the 17-year-old — took place at San Bruno and Bacon streets at about 8:15 p.m., according to police. The victim was sent to St. Francis Hospital with a gash on the back of his head.

A witness flagged down Bayview Station officers who were driving in the area and provided officers with a description of the car, police said. Several more officers joined the search for the suspect and located the fleeing vehicle.

The suspect’s vehicle flipped over the Caltrain railroad tracks at 16th and Seventh streets. Police arrested the teenager on suspicion of robbery, aggravated assault and possession of stolen property.

A southbound train had to return to the station and was delayed 1 hour and 35 minutes, according to Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn. Another train was delayed almost 20 minutes until the wedged wreck was wrenched from the tracks.

There were no reports of injuries on the train or major damage to the tracks, Dunn said. The victim of the robbery suffered wounds that are not life-threatening, according to police.

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