One person died in a crash between a car and an Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train on Monday morning near the downtown Livermore ACE station, according to a Livermore police spokesman.
The driver, a man in his early 20s, apparently attempted to cross the tracks in front of the oncoming train and was killed after the train hit the back of his sedan and pushed it hard into a power pole, according to Sgt. Steve Goard.
The man’s name has not yet been released to the public, with notification of next of kin still pending. He was the only occupant of the car, and no one aboard the train was hurt, according to Goard.
The crash occurred around 7:50 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Junction Avenue and Old First Street, not far from the ACE station. The westbound ACE 05 train was approaching the intersection and the crossing gates lowered to halt vehicular traffic, according to Goard.
Meanwhile, a white sedan traveling southbound on Junction Avenue drove around the railroad crossing arm in an attempt to sneak across ahead of the train, according to Goard.
“The rear of the vehicle was struck by the passing train. As a result of that collision, the vehicle was pushed into a powerline pole,” Goard said, adding that the driver “died as a result of colliding with the power pole.”
The sergeant said investigators determined the railroad crossing gate, as well as the warning lights and sounds, were all functioning properly at the time of the collision.
The deadly collision snarled ACE traffic during the morning commute, with ACE 05 passengers stranded for almost two hours until the ACE 07 train arrived to pick them up and continue the route toward Pleasanton and westward to Silicon Valley. No delays were reported during afternoon/evening ACE service.
The Livermore incident was among three train fatalities to occur in the Bay Area on Monday.
Caltrain reported one person was killed after being struck by a train in Burlingame around 4:45 p.m., and then another fatal strike was reported by the agency at 7:48 p.m. in Mountain View. The nature of Caltrain’s fatal strikes was not immediately clear, according to Bay City News Service.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story listed incorrect numbers for the ACE trains referenced. The ACE 05 train was involved in the crash; the ACE 07 train picked up stranded passengers. The Pleasanton Weekly regrets the error.