HAYWARD -- A suicide pact failed Wednesday after a man and woman laid in between railroad tracks in the path of a high-speed train which managed to clear their bodies, leaving the man only with a tattered shirt.
"You guys can't even get this right," the 33-year-old man told train officials as he was taken into police custody at the scene following the 12:30 p.m. incident near Tennyson Avenue and Lustig Court.
The pair, whose names were not released Wednesday, apparently were attempting suicide in the tracks, but the five-car passenger train cleared them because they were resting inside the tracks, a Union Pacific police officer said.
Authorities say the couple laid in the tracks parallel to the locomotive's
The train, which had left from San Jose and was heading to Sacramento, came to a screeching halt about half-mile away from the incident after the conductor saw the couple in the tracks and slammed on the brakes, a train official said.
As the train stopped, the couple climbed out from inside the tracks and took off in opposite directions -- one running north and one running south.
The man, authorities said, was seen running shirtless. His destroyed shirt, snagged by the train's wheels as he lay inside the tracks, was found nearby.
Police caught the man shortly after and transported him to a psychiatric facility for a 72-hour
The woman remained at large on Wednesday, Ormsby said.
Police said that a pilot or 'cowcatcher' -- a metal wedge on the front of the train meant to deflect obstacles -- was set higher than normal and may be the reason they were spared.
"If it was about two inches lower, that would have been it," the officer said.
The train was halted for about an hour and cleared to depart about 1:30 p.m.
Despite there being no injuries in the incident, the response to the call was sizable, and included a fire truck, fire engine, battalion chief, two ambulances and a fleet of Hayward police vehicles.
Police notified schools in the area when the suspects ran off, per department protocol, authorities said. It was not immediately known if any schools were locked down.
The duo could face multiple charges for their role in the incident, including interfering with the operation of a moving train and trespassing, authorities said.