Donations were made on Thursday to the family of a 12-year-old boy who died when a train collided with a vehicle at a railway crossing in Oakley on Wednesday.
Joshua Schaefer, a student at Delta Vista Middle School in Oakley, died in an accident that occurred at around 12:53 p.m. on East Cypress Road and Main Street, the Contra Costa County coroner’s office released Schaefer’s name publicly Thursday. did.
As of 11:30 a.m. Thursday, an online fundraiser had raised nearly $15,000, more than double the amount it asked for.
A message on the site read that “there are no words to express the pain” that Joshua’s mother, Melissa Schaefer, is feeling.
“Joshua was a funny, smart, loving 12 year old boy who was taken from this earth too soon,” reads the text in the fundraiser. “Joshua will be missed more than anyone will know.”
In Delta Vista, just a block away from the crash site, bereavement counselors were on campus and available to students and staff.
A 19-year-old woman was also hospitalized in the accident, who was driving the car, officials said. Medics airlifted her to the John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where she remained on Thursday. Officials had no update on his condition.
According to online fundraiserThe woman is the boy’s sister.
Oakley police did not immediately return requests for comment and additional information Thursday, but said in a statement Wednesday that they are investigating the matter in cooperation with the Federal Railroad Administration.
Police said that preliminary investigation showed that all the rail signals in the intersection area were working properly.
Some people commented on social media that the signals at crosswalks sometimes go down quickly. An eyewitness also told television station KPIX that a gray Lexus SUV appeared to be trying to hit the train when the railway crossing arms were coming down and crashed into the rear of the vehicle.
Police have not commented on that observation.
According to police, a Lexus SUV rammed into another car after the train collided. Police said that no one was injured in that collision.
The accident happened when cars made their way into the area after the school day was over. Residents of the city said that traffic jams occur near the crossing as people are leaving school and picking up their children from school.
Police said the city has overseen changes to lane stripping in the area in an effort to ease traffic by providing double left-turn lanes from East Cypress on the west to Main Street on the south.
“To complement that stripping and signage, traffic signal timing has been adjusted at the intersection to accelerate the flow of traffic on the main road in all directions from East Cyprus Road to the west side of this intersection during peak hours.” Priority should be given to traffic. Police said.