Caltrain engineer hit by rock as train rolls through Redwood City

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Daily Post Staff Writer

A man threw a rock at a moving Caltrain in Redwood City yesterday (May 10), hitting the train’s engineer in the head, causing the train to be stopped and sending the engineer to the hospital.

At around 6:30 p.m., a man in a gray sweatsuit hurled a rock through the engineer’s open window while the train was near Brewster Avenue, according to police radio transmissions.

The engineer’s injury caused the train to be stopped, and the 450 passengers who were aboard northbound train 381 had to disembark and take the next train, northbound 279, said Caltrain spokesman Alex Eisenhart.

Eisenhart could not confirm whether the item thrown at the engineer was a rock because the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation was in process.

But multiple Twitter users who were on the train said the item that hit the engineer was a rock.

Here are some of their reactions:

• “Someone threw a rock at the train, it hit the engineer. Paramedics have been called,” tweeted August @4U6U57.

• “Paramedics have arrived at #Caltrain #NB381, engineer also seems alert enough to relay description of perpetrator. Still going to check for concussion though,” he tweeted a few minutes later.

• “Someone threw a rock(?) at @Caltrain 381 and injured our engineer. Currently holding just outside Redwood City. Ambulance/fire has arrived,” tweeted Jan-Michael Cart @jammiesblvd.

The engineer was taken to a hospital, but his condition was unknown.

Shortly after the incident, the San Mateo Sheriff’s Office issued a BOLO or “be on the look out” over police radio for the man in the grey sweatsuit.

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