A woman who lay across the Caltrain tracks just north of the Atherton station Sunday night was struck and killed by a southbound train, a Caltrain spokeswoman said today (Monday).
"The woman was lying on the tracks and the engineer couldn't stop the train in time," Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.
The woman was later identified by the San Mateo County Coroner's office as Zenith Freedman, 63, with a San Carlos post office box address. Her death remains under investigation.
As the train engineer approached the station around 7 p.m., he thought he saw something on the tracks but was unable to avoid the woman despite employing an emergency stop, Dunn said. The weight of the train and stopping distance made it impossible for the train to stop in time, she said.
Passengers were switched to another train. The northbound track reopened around 7:40 p.m. and tracks in both directions were reopened by about 9 p.m., Dunn said.
"We had another (train fatality) last weekend so it's been rough," Dunn said of the Atherton incident, referring to a fatality further north.
On April 7, a Menlo Park man, Stephen Lehane, 66, committed suicide by stepping in front of a train in Menlo Park.