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Pleasanton man ID’d as driver killed in crash with ACE train

 

Authorities have identified the young man who died after colliding with an Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train while apparently trying to driver around the crossing gate at a Livermore intersection on Monday morning.

The driver was identified as Minseok Bu, 20, of Pleasanton, according to the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau.

The deadly 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 Sgt. Steve Goard, of the Livermore Police Department.

Meanwhile, Bu’s 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 train hit the back of the sedan and pushed the car hard against a nearby power pole, the impact of which killed Bu, according to Goard. The Pleasanton man was the only occupant of the car, and no passengers aboard the train were hurt.

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.

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