Fremont Man Struck and Killed By Commuter Train off Stevenson Boulevard

Police report that the man was hit by an Amtrak train around 10:37 a.m. on Saturday.

Editor's Note: This report was updated at 2:32 p.m. Dec. 5

A man was struck and killed by a commuter train traveling through Stevenson Boulevard Saturday morning.

Authorities responded to Stevenson Boulevard near the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, west of Eureka Drive in Newark, around 10:37 a.m. Saturday to a report of a pedestrian being hit by a train, police said.

The man was found dead at the scene, about 200 yards south of Stevenson Boulevard near the railroad tracks that cross Stevenson Boulevard at the Newark-Fremont border, police said.

The man was later identified as Fremont resident Gary Patrick Carter, 47.

Upon investigation, Newark and Fremont police officers who responded reported that "it appeared that while attempting to gather his two dogs away from the tracks, he was struck by an Amtrak train traveling approximately 70 mph, carrying approximately 100 passengers," according to the report from the Newark Police Department.

Commander Robert Douglas with the Newark Police Department said the location of the accident occurred in Fremont jurisdiction.

Amtrak officials said the train's crew and passengers did not suffer from any injuries.

One of the dogs also suffered fatal injuries after being hit by the train, authorities said. The Union Pacific Police Department also responded and completed the investigation.

Carter was one of three people who were struck and killed by trains on Saturday, according a report from the Mercury News.

Saturday's train accidents come two weeks after near Smith street in Union City.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

Pete December 06, 2011 at 03:56 PM
When are folks going to learn that walking on the train tracks is a really BAD idea???
Mona Taplin December 06, 2011 at 05:09 PM
This is a really sad situation. Pete, I think the same as you. It just isn't safe to walk the RR tracks. When I was a Crossing Guard there were several people with children who took The "shortcut" along the tracks from Cherry St to Milani school. Thankfully no tragedies. Maybe we need a law with a really huge fine to put a stop to this dangerous practice.
Nadja Adolf December 06, 2011 at 11:04 PM
I have no clue as to why people walk along railroad tracks or try to beat trains at grade crossings. I think that more attention should be paid to practical applications of physics in junior high School and elementary school science classes. Fun things like "if you push a car of a ten story building, what collision speed equates to that impact" and "why does it take miles for a railroad train to stop?" Practical applications of inertia, momentum, and friction.
Mona Taplin December 07, 2011 at 12:19 AM
I agree with you Nadja, but I don't think that's the whole solution. I think that if walking the tracks and/or trying to beat the train at crossings hits people HARD in the pocket book it might save a few lives. I feel so sorry about the loss of those who have recently lost their lives being hit by trains. Killed because there was no real incentive to stop them from taking such foolish risks.


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