Albany Woman Killed Friday By Amtrak Train in Berkeley

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday July 07, 2009 - 09:53:00 PM

A 69-year-old Albany woman died early Friday afternoon when she was struck by an Amtrak passenger train just north of the Berkeley Amtrak station. 

The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau identified the victim Tuesday as Nancy Peterson. 

A Washington Avenue resident, Peterson was active in local politics and a volunteer for the Save Our Shoreline coalition that elected Joanne Wile and current Mayor Marge Atkinson to the Albany City Council. 

Their election spelled the end of a proposal to erect an upscale shopping center and condo complex in the Golden Gate Fields parking lot. 

A representative of the coroner’s office said the manner of death—accidental or suicide—is still under investigation. 

Peterson died after she was struck by Amtrak train 535, which was headed from Sacramento to San Jose. 

After an investigation at the scene, the train was given a new crew and continued on its way, only to hit and kill a second pedestrian in Oakland less than two hours after the first incident. 

A third fatality involving another Amtrak train occurred shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday just south of the Jack London Square Amtrak station. 

The train in that incident, Amtrak No. 11, was en route from Seattle to Los Angeles.  

A representative of the coroner’s office said he was not able to release the identities of the other two victims. 


Bay City News contributed to this report.