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Woman wakes up trapped inside an empty trainyard

Woman Wakes Up Trapped Inside Empty Train
Jessica Method, 23, was riding the Caltrain back to San Jose, CA when she fell asleep. When she woke up, she was trapped in the empty train inside a railyard. "I had been working all week, I had eaten a big dinner, I was tired and it was late and I just fell asleep," she said.

The lights inside the train were still on and luckily the doors were open, but there was no one around.

She also discovered her cell phone was dead.

Jessica says she then pulled several emergency levers on the train, all in a desperate attempt to get someone to come.

"There was a few fences I would have had to jump, not easily, and that's when I reverted to a few other options."

That's when she ran to open the conductor's cabin and found a two-way radio.

Two maintenance employees working the graveyard shift quickly came to her rescue.

Jayme Ackemann, Caltrain Spokesperson says, "the conductors involved were disciplined and we're going to be talking to all of our employees to remind them about the protocols and what's appropriate for closing up for the night."

Anything to stop this real-life nightmare from happening again!

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lyleva March 26 2014 at 3:19 PM

Of course the cars should have been checked!

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eeodjo March 26 2014 at 6:15 PM

Whatever happened to the conductor on board? I thought that one of their job before leaving the train is to make final check, making sure there are NO one on the train after they park it and close up for the night. So much for conductor services. Next time, take a bus and hopefully the bus driver makes a final check. Oh well, you just cannot win for losing.

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dusty754 eeodjo March 26 2014 at 6:44 PM

People have also been found sleeping in a bus at the bus yard. Guess that is the problem with human beings. They make mistakes. Have yet to see one that is perfect and never makes a mistake.

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elnino1313 eeodjo March 26 2014 at 6:49 PM

i work for mta and your required to check for passengers u can be terminated for that

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Jennifer March 26 2014 at 8:17 AM

To all those who are commenting negatively towards the woman: She had a long day at work and fell asleep! So what! That is no excuse for the train employees not to check the train to make sure there was no one on before closing up for the night. If this had been a young child left on a school bus you would have been outraged. As for her cell phone, most employers do not allow their employees to charge their phones at work so maybe that it why it died.

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grlsrm200 March 26 2014 at 5:42 PM

Nothing happened and she seemed to keep her head about the situation. I guess it woud be appropriate for someone to do a walk through at the last stop to make sure no one was on the train. However, adults should be sure to get off the trian and don't depend on others to make sure you do. If you are dependant on having someone wake you get a kitchen timer and carry it with you. If you are about 1 hour from our stop set it accordingly.W hen it goes off you should hear it. Cost about $2. Or you coild use your cell as an alarm but you have to remember to charge it.

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JohnnnyD.Sr. March 26 2014 at 8:33 AM

Where is the train staff?

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rudygn March 26 2014 at 8:37 AM

This happened to me in college in Massachusetts many years ago in Lowell. I still do not understand why the conductor did not wake me up. We have speculated a lot since but i will never know. We did not have cell phones then so the only thing to do was kick until a window gave in. I was Scared because the engine was on and I thought Carbon monoxide! O crap. So I started kicking.

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buknekkid rudygn March 26 2014 at 8:40 AM

Carbon monoxide, you crack me up.

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bobcatlew March 26 2014 at 5:47 PM

Well, at least she didn't get in a car crash. Conductors are supposed to make sure no one is on board when they take the train to the rail yard.

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fernerobin March 26 2014 at 4:05 PM

This was not altogether uncommon! In many years as a conductor we did sometimes miss a person at the station before we took the 'empty' train to the coach yard. Trains then could run up to 20 cars and folks could be missed...they were usually drunk had to be forceably removed from the train...into the coach yard....not actualy that far from downtown, but still not a place you want to be after dark and drunk! Hope they made it out OK....!

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lov2elkhnt March 26 2014 at 5:40 PM

Murphy's Law, the night you cut corners on the job, the worst will always happen. The lady's lucky. Lots of other things could've happened to this woman out in that yard.

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kamdrgon March 26 2014 at 1:20 PM

Some of you people complain too much, hah, it was a cute story, anyway -- lots better than the downers they often bring to 'the news'.

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