stoplightImagine  walking along the crosswalk in Berkeley (your right of way), minding your own business, when all of a sudden you hear a screeching sound on the pavement; your breath catches in your chest, your heart is racing and you jump back in alarm. This must have happened at some point in your life. People inevitably drive fast and oftentimes relentlessly, and if they have no prior warning or do not pay attention to warnings, results are bad, all bad.

Think about it: You could have been hit. Well, true story. A six-year-old girl was crossing near Malcolm X Elementary School, when she was suddenly hit by an oncoming car. After two whole years, the city is finally recognizing how dangerous a lack of warning signs is and has planned to spend over $54,000 on creating new alerts, including flashing lights and a repainted crosswalk. Recent updates indicate that they now hope to finish by September. Accidents happen daily; City of Berkeley, hurry it up!

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Berkeley Parents Protest Delay on School Traffic Lights [Inside Bay Area]


A nine car eastbound BART train shimmying through the Transbay Tube severed in two* early this morning. After the tracks were deemed safe, normal service resumed at approximately 7:25 a.m. Despite this, 30 minute delays have been reported to affect lines running to the East Bay from Millbrae and SFO.

Moral of the story? Don’t mock your OCD friends for feeling uneasy about the prospect of wedging large hunks of metal, electricity, and precious Bay Area citizenry 2,000 leagues below. It just ain’t natural. Bridge toll hikes, splitting trains, what’s next? Enough is enough. We’re canoeing to and from the city from now on. Coast Miwok style.

*Editor’s Note: Also known as “cleft in twain.”

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BART Train Comes Apart Inside Transbay Tube [cbs 5]


The image “http://clog.dailycal.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/441px-accident_nehoda_uhersky_brod_2.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. This just in: an unnamed 16-year-old teen flipped his SUV while driving illegally to school at 8:04 a.m. this morning. According to reports, the car careened out of control while turning from Martin Luther King Jr. Way onto Allston Way, flipped and then slammed into a cement planter. Luckily the planter was there, too, because it came between several thousand pounds of skidding metal and, well, Berkeley High School.

Police say that no one was injured as few people were on campus so early in the morning. The shaken driver is in a lot of doo-doo for driving that SUV without a license–otherwise, he’s fine.

Except for the part where he fled the scene of a hit-and-run in a completely separate collision. That one was perpetuated a few minutes earlier by himself when he sideswiped a car about a block from the high school before speeding off again. Now, if only Berkeley students were always that eager to get to class…

Berkeley Teen Misses Homeroom in Dramatic Style [Fox Reno]
Boy Flips SUV, Slides onto Berkeley Campus [Inside Bay Area]