Pedestrian Deaths Spark Controversy Over Sacramento Regional Transit Safety Practices
Sacramento's Regional Transit light rail system carries nearly 50,000 commuters to and from their destinations every week. While the RT is an important part of Sacramento's infrastructure, two fatal pedestrian accidents in the past year have raised serious doubts about the organization's safety practices.
The first incident occurred back in February when a 56 year old mother of one was struck and killed by a Regional Transit light rail train on her way home from work. The accident occurred in the evening, after the pedestrian had exited the train and was crossing back over the tracks to exit Cordova Station. Rainy and windy conditions may have prevented the pedestrian from seeing the train's warning lights in time, but the family and their attorney have claimed that excessive speed by the train operator played a crucial role in this tragic accident as well.
Concerns about the safety of RT's light rail flared up once again this week after a teenager was struck on her way home from school on November 13th. Witnesses of the incidents as well as family of both victims now claim that RT's current system of warning lights and bells are not enough to ensure the safety of all riders. Being unable to see or hear the warning signs of an approaching train or vehicle should not result in these types of fatal accidents, so here are a few tips to keep in mind near any type of train tracks or major intersections:
- Look for and obey all warning signs posted at the crossing
- Look for trains or other vehicles up and down the tracks before crossing
- Identify warning lights in the area and never cross while they are illuminated
- Remove your headphones and turn off music and distractions when approaching an intersection or crossing. Wearing headphones at the time of the accident may have prevented the teenage pedestrian from seeing the warning signs in time.
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