Update: Menlo Park Victim Identified in Caltrain Fatalities

A northbound train hit a man at California Avenue, and a southbound train struck a person near the Menlo Park station.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the direction of the train at California Avenue.

Update: Sunday, 8:15 p.m.

Two people were struck and killed on Caltrain tracks on Saturday in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. The first victim was a man struck at the California Avenue Caltrain station in Palo Alto. He was hit by northbound Baby Bullet #801 at 11:10 a.m. The second person was hit by southbound express train #482 just north of the Menlo Park station.  

The victim in the Menlo Park incident has been identified as Jayne Cox, 27, of Folsom, according to the San Mateo County Coroner's Office.

At approximately 1:15 p.m., a clean-up crew and assistants from the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office arrived at the California Avenue station to remove the body. The Santa Clara County Coroner will be handling the investigation in Palo Alto, while the San Mateo County Coroner is leading the investigation in Menlo Park.

Over a hundred passengers on board the southbound train elected to disembark at the Menlo Park station, according to a statement from Caltrain Public Information Officer Christine Dunn.

By 12:50 p.m., Caltrain had resumed service for both directions on a single track and by 4 p.m. trains had resumed their normal schedule. 

Palo Alto resident Brian Moritz was waiting at the California Avenue station for a southbound train to San Jose when the clean-up crew arrived. He was unaware of the fatality.

"I assumed that's what it was," he said. "Usually when they say there's an incident, that's what it is." He said he would continue waiting for the train despite delays. 

Saturday's deaths are the 15th and 16th on Caltrain's tracks this year, and come shortly after .

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

Aimee Bolter Campbell December 04, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Let's occupy the souls of the lonely, hopeless, and bereft to give them a reason to continue living. Become a friend, be a cheerleader, offer compassion and extend human kindness to total strangers with a simple smile. Just this could be enough to save the 1% of us who need more hope.
Aimee Bolter Campbell December 04, 2011 at 05:52 PM
And be grateful and thankful for those who are left behind in a loved one's void and the CalTrain and government workers who have chosen to accept this kind of tragedy in their lives and act on the our behalf. Bless them all.


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