Frantic moments Wednesday evening as firefighters try to free a 66-year-old woman hit by Regional Transit train 116 and left tangled underneath.
“Lady sauntered right across the tracks, walked right in front. The train hit her. She got caught up underneath it and it dragged her for awhile,” said rider Chauncey Winn.
“He honked the horn. She didn’t see it and then [clap]. Gone,” Emmanuel Gonzalez who was standing about 20 feet away from the crash when it happened.
Alice Alspektor was rushed to the hospital from RT’s Watt Avenue / Interstate 80 station one day after her family reported her missing from an elder care facility on Edison Avenue home.
Would-be train passengers couldn’t believe what they saw.
“I just started praying because I was scared,” said Sabrina Brown.
There is an unemotional witness to exactly what happened here.
“Trains are equipped on board cameras, yes,” said Alane Masui with Regionsl Transit.
That feature on the trains will be key as this latest crash is investigated.
Service was interrupted for 50 minutes as Alspektor was freed and the first clues were collected from the scene.
Though the schedule eventually got back to normal, nothing felt normal to many on the platform worrying about a woman they thought was a fellow rider.
“One of those nightmares you don’t want to ever see,” said Winn.
He spoke with Alspektor on a station bench minutes before the crash.
Winn says she appeared fine and was chatty, apparently not showing any of the signs of the dementia or bi-polar disorder for which she was being treated.
Those are factors that prompted the Sacramento County Sheriff’s department to issue a Silver Alert for Alspektor when she disappeared from her care center.