12-year-old boy killed when Bay Area train collides with three vehicles


A 12-year-old boy was the sole fatality in a Bay Area collision involving a train and three cars Wednesday afternoon.

Steve Aubert of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District told SFGATE that the accident occurred on a train crossing on East Cypress Road and Main Street in Oakley. The child’s identity was not disclosed.

One victim, an unidentified 19-year-old woman, was transported to John Muir Health Hospital in Walnut Creek, Aubert said. He’s in critical condition and is believed to have suffered head injuries that left him in and out of consciousness.

A car was reported to be overturned during the collision, but Aubert did not provide further information on the state of the vehicles. It is also clear which 12-year-old and 19-year-old cars were in during the collision.

Three other victims with fewer serious injuries in the collision were assessed on the scene, Aubert added, but none required further treatment and all were released.


The Oakley Police Department is leading the follow-up investigation to find out the cause of the accident.

Aubert warns drivers to be extra cautious in obeying traffic signals and road signs, especially at train crossings.

“It’s just not worth it,” he said.

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