CA: Men in Amtrak Train Crash Drove Around Gates

Two men were hurt when their car drove around crossing gates and was hit by an Amtrak train in Fremont, authorities said.

The crash happened near the corner of Peralta Boulevard and Dusterberry Way in the city's Centerville neighborhood about 9:40 p.m. Sunday, said Battalion Chief Rich Dickinson of the Fremont Fire Department.

Firefighters found a Toyota Corolla overturned near the tracks after it hit an Amtrak train, said Geneva Bosques, a Fremont police spokeswoman.

Two men were found inside the car. The driver, a 28-year-old Fremont man, was trapped, unconscious and had to be extricated, while the passenger, a 31-year-old man from Southern California, was outside of the vehicle, Bosques said.

The passenger initially wanted "nothing to do" with rescuers and claimed he wasn't involved, Bosques said.

Both were taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley with non-life-threatening injuries.

Some drugs were found in the driver's pockets, but alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash, Bosques said. The men's names were not released. No arrests have been made.

The train crossing the men entered was protected by gates, bells and flashing lights, said Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham.

The Capitol Corridor train was heading east to San Jose, and the 14 passengers and crew members aboard weren't hurt, Graham said.


Henry K. Lee is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: hlee@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @henryklee

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