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ACE Train strikes woman in Fremont

By Matt Artz
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008 at 6:31 pm in Fremont, rail.

2nd Update: A witness to the train accident said it didn’t appear that the woman, Dina Burch, 40 of Fremont, threw herself in front of the train. Jennie Visitacion, who was returning home from her job in Stanford, said Burch appeared to be trying to cross the railroad tracks on which a freight train was stuck. As Burch was trying to walk around the fright train, Visitacion said, the ACE Train came and struck her.

Visitacion said that several people were walking across the tracks to get around the freight train, but that Burch crossed in a more dangerous section of track.

“We just thought she was trying to cross,” Visitacion said. “We were telling her to get out of the tracks.”

UPDATE:  The victim was rushed to Washington Hospital. She had a pulse, Fremont Battalion Chief Rich Dickinson said. He said the woman was in her late 30s. Witnesses told him that she threw herself in front of the train. The collision, which occured about two blocks west of Centerville Station stopped train traffic in Fremont for about two hours, an spokesman for ACE said.

A woman was struck  by an eastbound ACE Train shortly after 5 p.m. this afternoon at the Maple Street crossing, one block west of  Centerville Station, Fremont police said.

ACE Trains are stopped in Fremont while an inspector is at the collision scene. It is not known whether the woman intentionally placed herself in front of the train.

The crossing arms at the Maple Street crossing were functioning at the time of the collision, ACE spokesman Thomas  Reeves said. “We’re not sure what the trespasser was doing.”

ACE trains typically strike two or three individuals a year, which Reeves said was pretty good compared to competing systems.

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