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Train kills man on Menlo Park tracks

Original post made on Mar 9, 2012

A northbound train struck and killed a man on the Ravenswood tracks in Menlo Park at 9:30 a.m. Friday, according to Caltrain.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 9, 2012, 9:45 AM

Comments (18)

Posted by Chuchu, a resident of Ohlone School
on Mar 9, 2012 at 10:12 am

My prayers go out to this person's family.


Posted by Ole Olsen, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 9, 2012 at 11:32 am

:(.


Posted by DZ, a resident of Terman Middle School
on Mar 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm

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Posted by Mrs. Fernandes, a resident of another community
on Mar 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Its time caltrain looks into building an overhead or underground pass for pedestrians & bikers. It may not avoid an incident like this but atleast I'd feel a lot safer crossing the tracks when trying to get to the northbound side at the Mountain view station every evening. Given the growing number of commuters & the lack of an option, at many stations, one is left with no choice but to hop across. If one follows the signs, you are most likely safe but I still find myself looking all the way down the track hoping that the signals aren't malfunctioning.


Posted by Wilbur, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Using Google Earth, it is easy to look at this train/road crossing. There are four warning gates at the crossing, and signs on the pedestrian walkways that funnel foot traffic across the tracks.

Given that there is generally a 20-second warning from the time that a train begins its approach to a crossing, and there seems to be no claims of equipment failure, then it is very difficult to believe that anyone would be on the tracks and not know that a train was approaching.

Certainly a grade separation would make this intersection safer by restricting easy access to the tracks for pedestrians, but a grade separation would not keep people from getting access to the tracks if they were intent on getting on the tracks.


Posted by Blue Bear, a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I realize this isn't the brightest thing in the world, but in my younger days, I would walk along train tracks with my walkman on. I would always be really paranoid. I would look back every half-minute or so, and would get off the track on blind curves.

And although I may have had boosts of adrenaline, I was never taken by surprise. I could always get off the track with plenty of time to spare. Frankly, I was more frightened of the train hitting a random spike and the spike impaling me.

It is pretty hard to get hit by a train is what I'm saying, unless there was some sort of failure with the warning system.


Posted by CBF, a resident of Community Center
on Mar 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Yes, this is sad but the train did not kill the person. The person put himself in front of a moving object that cannot stop on a dime. Please stop headlining these unfortunate reports with "the train killed". As sorry as I am for the person who put himself in harms way I have so much more sympathy for the engineer who had to witness this person killing himself. And the comment by DZ that implied the riders didn't have to see anything is ludicrous. Having ridden the train for years we all felt terrible when something like this happened. But life has to go on for those left behind. Again, my heart goes out to the survivors of the gentleman who stood in front of the train this morning.


Posted by Bleezy, a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I find it interesting that the man had a helmet, as mentioned in The Almanac's version of the story:

Web Link

Sad news.


Posted by chelle, a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm

His bike was not dented because his bike was not near the tracks. He left his bike parked at Axis, the building at the corner of Ravenswood and Alma, where he had been sitting outside before this happened.


Posted by Gene, a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm

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Posted by McGrude, a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm

@Gene

I agree with most of what you said. I also feel sorry for all those folks that were forced to witness this act.


Posted by Gene, a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

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Posted by Bleezy, a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm

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Posted by archie , a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Mar 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm

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Posted by K, a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 9, 2012 at 8:27 pm

you all should be ashamed of yourselves. he had a family. my prayers go out to them.


Posted by Gene, a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm

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Posted by cid , a resident of another community
on Mar 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm

cid is a registered user.

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Posted by Cris, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 10, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Cris is a registered user.

This is a tragedy for one family in our community, my thoughts are with them. I'm so sad this person did not find the help he needed. Let's be supportive of the people around us that may be facing similar challenges.


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