Caltrain Fatality In Menlo Park Delays Trains

MENLO PARK (CBS SF) — Caltrain service experienced delays Monday evening after a train struck and killed a pedestrian in Menlo Park, a Caltrain spokeswoman said.

A woman was fatally struck by a southbound train at Encinal Avenue at around 7:30 p.m., spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

The train, No. 804, was stopped at Oak Grove Avenue and its 238 passengers were transferred to the next southbound train, which was running 45 minutes late, Dunn said.

Train tracks were closed in the area as emergency crews responded and northbound train No. 447 was held at Palo Alto station until the tracks were reopened, Dunn said.

No injuries were reported among the passengers or Caltrain crew.

This is the first fatality of the year on the Caltrain tracks, Caltrain is running on a Saturday schedule because of the holiday.

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  • DBE

    Seems like CALTRAIN is knocking off pedestrians one a week now. I’m not blaming CALTRAIN at all. But it seems to me these are intentional suicides on account of the bad economy. Or maybe these are romantics who got carried away with Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina.

  • Tom Durkee

    no.. no.. noooo… you SHOULD blame Caltrain. They aren’t putting near enough effort into solving the problem. Yes, these are intentional suicides and no, it isn’t Caltrain’s “fault” but by now you’d think those six-figure Caltrain managers would have solved the problem. Why isn’t San Mateo (or Santa Clara) County public health stepping in? Clearly Caltrain’s tracks are “unsafe” and I would demand better protection from the Health Department if Caltrain can’t solve its own problems.

    • Mark

      What are they supposed to do, post guards every 1/4 mile? You can’t stop folks from being selfish, hell-bound idiots if they insist on doing so. But they DO need to clear the tracks ASAP and let the rest of us get on with the business of living, and stop treating these events like crime scenes while they rest of us wait…

  • Kathy

    This was not an “Obama Economy” suicide. She was a 31yr old recently graduated Doctor employed doing genetic research..whether this tragedy was self inflicted or an accident is yet to be determined. She was only in this country for 6 mos. with a bright future ahead…a great loss to her husband, family & society. If there is anything the transit people can do to minimize these accidents or suicides with regards to access to the tracks, it should be done.

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