Update: Train service resumes after pedestrian struck and killed in Palo Alto


A southbound train struck and killed a pedestrian on the tracks at Charleston Avenue in Palo Alto at 7:35 this morning, Caltrain reports. An eyewitness, a student who was on her way to middle school, said the person was an older woman.

At 10:20 a.m., train traffic in both directions was restored, according to Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn. Trains were traveling through the area at reduced speed, but passengers were able to board from the normal platforms at all stations, she said.

Trains were still significantly delayed throughout the morning.

No one was injured on the train, which had 322 passengers, Dunn said.

This is the tenth fatality on the Caltrain right of way this year, she said. Last year there were 12.

-- Palo Alto Online contributed to this report.


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Posted by Choo Choo
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 29, 2013 at 11:12 am

Not again...I just hope the kids don't continue this trend from some years back.

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Posted by We need to put up
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 29, 2013 at 2:14 pm

a stop sign for the trains with blinking lights when pedestrians cross. Was the woman on her cell phone? Was this premeditated?

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Posted by Steve
a resident of another community
on Aug 29, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Yet another example of train engineers driving recklessly, shamelessly ignoring pedestrian safety. Why are they always in such a hurry? They need to slow down so pedestrians can cross safely. What we need are more stop signs on those tracks, or better still, let's reduce the number of tracks so those trains just can't go so fast.

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Posted by Maher
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Aug 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm

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These 'accidents' at this specific, very accessible intersection happen too often in my view. Each of them, whether a teen or an elderly person or an adult, begin to look like carefully timed suicides.

Flashing lights and lowered gates are sufficient warning to anyone, in a car or on foot to stop and wait for the train to pass, before attempting to cross the RR tracks. Traditionally, these warnings of approaching trains give the trains the right of way. Cross traffic is supposed to STOP... period.

I do not normally side with corporate concerns vav folks but in this case I am very suspicious about suicide as the main dynamic It's time to stop blaming the train drivers and start looking for strange behaviors of people on foot around these intersections.

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Posted by Mr Advice
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 29, 2013 at 3:37 pm

What is needed are pedestrian over or underpasses. Also have a special suicide platform for EZ clean-up and no disruption of service.

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Posted by Brent
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 29, 2013 at 6:09 pm

The only way to stop these Caltrain accidents or suicides is to get rid of the at-grade crossings. Note that you almost never hear of such accidents involving BART. Unfortunately, it would be prohibitively expensive to modify all the crossings.

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Posted by Chuck
a resident of Gemello
on Aug 29, 2013 at 7:48 pm

How sad that there was the loss of a human life in this accident.
May she rest in peace.

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Posted by Greg David
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 29, 2013 at 9:24 pm

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Yet another another Caltrain suicide reported incorrectly.


Why do they always have to sugar coat it. Suicide and depression that leads to it is a horrible thing, but trains don't kill people. People commit suicide by stepping in front of them.....

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Posted by AC
a resident of another community
on Aug 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm

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I'm surprised that this article isn't updated with the corresponding Palo Alto Weekly when it's the same news agency.

A 12-year old girl was, according the other article, an eyewitness to the event, who reported that the woman appeared to have committed suicide by train.

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