Contra Costa Times

BERKELEY -- Two men who wound up on train tracks in separate incidents in Berkeley earlier this week both survived, thanks to quick actions by law enforcement officials and some Good Samaritans, police said Thursday.

One of the men was hit by an Amtrak train going west on Union Pacific Railroad tracks, according to Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt. Citizens near the scene gave him medical aid until rescue workers arrived and he is expected to survive, Berkeley police Lt. Andrew Rateaver said. The other man was talked off BART tracks by police and taken to a hospital.

Both incidents happened Monday morning. Police did not identify either man.

The man hit by the Amtrak train was on the Union Pacific tracks at Gilman Street at 10:39 a.m., Rateaver said. Police were called to the scene and found several people providing aid, including one who made a tourniquet to stop the man's severe bleeding, Rateaver said.

Rescue workers took over when they arrived and the man was taken by ambulance to a hospital with serious injuries. Police on Thursday did not have an update on his condition but said he was expected to survive. Nobody else was injured, Rateaver said.

Information about the train that hit the man was not available immediately. Calls to Union Pacific Railroad were not returned immediately.


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Earlier Monday, BART stopped its trains for about 25 minutes when a man crawled onto the tracks about 7:52 a.m. at the North Berkeley station. The man, who was threatening harm to himself, was talked off the tracks by BART police, and taken to a hospital. No trains were in the North Berkeley station when the man was on the tracks, BART police said.

Check back for updates.

Natalie Neysa Alund contributed to this story. Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.