Man injured in VTA light rail collision near San Jose’s Diridon Station

A VTA light rail train struck a pedestrian and his bicycle when he tried to go around a closed gate as the train was pulling into the Diridon Station stop.

The collision, which occurred Friday morning around 8:50 a.m. on the Winchester line, impacted service for about an hour. VTA provided a bus bridge between the Race Street and Paseo de San Antonio stations.

The man was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

All of the signals and bells were working properly, said VTA spokeswoman Brandi Childress, urging people to exercise caution and heed the signals.

The trains, Childress said, “can’t stop immediately. They can’t swerve out of the way. So it’s really in everyone’s best interest to be safe and alert around the system.”

The county sheriff transit patrol will investigate the incident, Childress said.

In a separate incident last week, a 14-year-old on a bicycle went around a gate and was struck by a light rail train. As of Friday, she remained hospitalized in critical condition.