UPDATE: Person Struck by Train, Causes Major Delays

The person was killed by a Caltrain Baby Bullet train at the California Avenue station.

Updated: 1:14 p.m.

A person was struck and killed by a train in Palo Alto this morning, according to a Caltrain spokeswoman. Trains have been experiencing delays of up to an hour, she said.

At about 10:55 a.m., northbound train No. 801, a Baby Bullet express train, hit the unidentified person at the California Avenue Caltrain station in Palo Alto, spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew said. 

The train was not scheduled to stop at that station, she said. 320 passengers were on the train and at 12:19 p.m., those passengers were transferred to northbound train No. 429, she said.

Train service was temporarily suspended in both directions during the initial response by emergency personnel, she said. At 11:50 a.m., trains began single-tracking at reduced speeds through the area.

San Mateo County Transit Police are leading the investigation, Bartholomew said. Following a complete investigation, the Santa Clara County Coroner will determine the official cause of death.

In January, , and this is the fourteenth death this year. There were 11 deaths in 2010 and 19 in 2009 along the Caltrain right of way.

From Twitter:

12:20 p.m.: caltrain pax transfer has been completed, trains now proceeding (slowly), 15mph speed restriction still in effect. Editor's note: This Twitter account is not operated by Caltrain. 

mikesonn FYI @caltrain SB train 802 has been cancelled. Train 430 making all local stops and is running 5 min late at Bayshore.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

GMK November 27, 2011 at 12:20 AM
very disturbing to hear this news, in our neighborhood..condolences to the family of the victim
Avni Nijhawan November 27, 2011 at 01:07 AM
Yes, it's always chilling to hear such news in our own backyard. I take the train from this station every week.
Irvin Dawid November 27, 2011 at 03:15 PM
This incident affected my commute yesterday - from Millbrae! I was waiting to take the 12:15 pm train home to PA from Millbrae - that's a bullet, when we heard the announcements - fortunately, the 12:39 local train arrived just a few minutes late. I would like to know the reasons behind the fatality: I figure it was either intentional, i.e. planned suicide, or accidental in that the patron thought the train was going to stop and stood to close to the platform. Those bullets really do ZOOM by the stations, leaving a wake of wind. Since the fatality presumably occurred on the northbound platform, we know the victim intended to be there as you have to go through the tunnel to get to that platform.


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