Man Fatally Struck by Caltrain

Adult male was hit near Charleston Road.

A person was fatally struck by a train in Palo Alto Thursday night, a Caltrain spokeswoman said.     

At 10:10 p.m. southbound train #194 struck an adult male on the tracks 300 feet south of Charleston Road, spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

The train was carrying 220 passengers at the time, and no injuries were reported, said Dunn.

At 11:07 p.m., northbound tracks were reopened and passengers from train #192 were transferred to train #194. All passengers at the Palo Alto, California Avenue and Mountain View stations were directed to use the northbound platform.

At 2:00 a.m., the southbound track reopened.

An investigation into the cause of death in being conducted by the Santa Clara County coroner, who will make the final determination.

This is Caltrains’ third fatality this year. Last year there were 16 deaths.

As part of a 1996 effort to reduce railroad fatalities, Caltrain installed no trespassing signs along its right of way. In 2001, signs with a crisis hotline phone number were added. The signs are posted every 500 feet, and at stations and crossings, along the entire 55-mile length of railroad.

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