Friday, May 30, 2008

Hit by CalTrain- learn from my mistake

Below is a post from my husbands blog about what happened to him yesterday.

This morning on my way to work, I got hit by the northbound CalTrain train that I was supposed to board at the Santa Clara station. I was taken to the hospital to be checked out, but only suffered from bruises and scrapes and needed two stitches on my forehead. Service was delayed for everyone else for 20 minutes while the police investigated. For those inconvenienced, and to the crew of the train, I offer my apologies.

The Santa Clara station is one of the few stations remaining that are so-called "hold out" stations. That is, there is a platform between the two tracks intended for use by passengers boarding (or disembarking) trains on the far track - which are the Northbound trains. Well, today, the Northbound train was on the opposite track. When I heard the train approach ringing its bell, I glanced over in that direction and saw the train approaching and slowing down, but did not see that it was on the wrong track. So I started to cross the Southbound track - where the train was - and got hit. The train was going maybe 5 MPH, but it still threw me 10 feet onto the platform. I thank my lucky stars that it threw me onto the platform rather than onto the tracks.

Generally, I wait until the head of the train passes me before I venture across the crossing. Today I didn't do that, and it nearly cost me my life. I don't intend to repeat that mistake. Please don't anyone else repeat it either.

I'd like to see CalTrain fix all of the "hold out" stations. They're working on California Avenue right now, and they've shut down weekday service to Atherton, but I haven't heard about any plans for Santa Clara.

We are home now and thank Jehovah God that he was not killed. A tragedy like this makes you think about your life and how important it is. It was a horrible day for both of us, getting that phone call at 9:00 am yesterday morning from the Trauma center was one of the most frightening things I have ever experienced. I don't even remember driving myself to the hospital. *sigh*

Hubby is now safe here at home and resting in his own bed with his fur babies snuggled against him. I think animals are smarter than some of us give them credit for, they know their daddy is hurting.

Funny how my friend Sandy and I were talking about portable projects to keep in your purse for hospital visits and such. She is an online friend of my and the owner of Crochet Cabana. Anyway she had mentioned in her blog that her preemie kit from Bejeweled Hooks had arrived and we talked about how it would make a great travel project. So I headed over to get me one but unfortunately I did not know that I would have used it so soon. So soon, that it had not even arrived. Any way you can get the information about the Preemie Kit at her blog that is in my 'Blogs that I visit" list, she is the Crafty Corral link.

*hugs* to all my readers

7 comments:

Wendy said...

Oh my word Scarlet....I probably could not have even driven myself...Here is a BIG HUG for both of you.....Love and Hugs.........

Anonymous said...

I am so glad he is home and okay sis without any broken ribs. Love you both.
Ghost

Anonymous said...

Scarlet--Oh my gosh!!!!
Hope you are both back to your wonderful selves real soon.

Sandyfroglegs

Sandie said...

Oh my goodness! That is terrible. I'm so sorry you both had to go through this, but very happy he is okay. It could have been so much worse. Take care! I will pray there are no complications and all is back to normal asap. Love you both!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are ok. others have been less fortunate.

Money is budgeted to remove the "hold out" in Santa Clara . Project is to start in 2009 and requires funding from a number of agencies (ACE, Capitol Corridor, Union Pacific, etc).

There's to be a center boarding platform accessible by a pedestrian tunnel for north bound Caltrain and ACE/Capitol Corridor, in addition to the existing southbound platform next to the historic depot.

See
http://www.samtrans.org/smctd_progressreport2007/caltrain.html

and
http://www.caltrain.com/pdf/Quarterly_Capital_Program_Status_Reports/FY07_Q3_PCJPB_Quarterly_Report.pdf

Quoting:

The project includes design and construction of a 700' long by 30' wide center platform, a 350' extension to the existing southbound
platform, and a pedestrian underpass between the 2 platforms. The project also includes track work shifting of MT3 (Main Track #3),
construction of approximately 1500' of MT2 through the station area, and a new turnout of MT2 at the south end of the station.
The 95% design will include changes to design and scope as follows in order to contain budget: (A) The tunnel size will be reduced to
9' by 16'. (B) Shoring will be redesigned using alternate methods to reduce costs. (C) The SB platform extension will be shortened.
(D) Architectural details are being scaled back also to reduce costs. (E) The crossover will be reused rather than replaced and the
existing track will not be rebuilt under this project.

Anonymous said...

Latest update is that construction begins in 2009 and ends in 2010

http://www.caltrain.com/pdf/Quarterly_Capital_Program_Status_Reports/FY08_Q3_PCJPB_Quarterly_Report.pdf
(page 50)
Construction is forecasted to be substantially complete by end of June 2010, indicating an 18 month slip from the original
schedule, and will impact the Master Schedule. This is due to a combination of changes in design scope and
archaeological issues.

Bejeweled Hooks said...

Thank you so much for mentioning my Lil' Angel Preemie Crochet Kit! Thank God, that your Angels had been watching over both of you! Please know that you are in our prayers! And thank you also for the hospital gift shop info, like I said it's hard trying to find out what hospitals have gift shops! Hugs! Nina