A Caltrain struck and killed a girl on the tracks Friday night in Palo Alto at the same crossing where two teenagers were fatally hit by trains earlier this summer, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said today.
The girl was a 13-year-old Terman Middle School student, Dunn said. She was initially identified as being 16-years-old.
Palo Alto police and paramedics were the first ones on the scene, Dunn said. A suicide note was found at the scene, she said.
The girl was struck by a southbound train at around 10:45 p.m. at the East Meadow Drive crossing, Dunn said.
The girl is the 10th person to be fatally struck by a Caltrain this year, four of which have been deemed suicides, Dunn said.
On May 5, a 17-year-old boy was struck and killed by a Caltrain at the same crossing. Messages from officials at Gunn High School, where the boy was a student, indicated his death was a suicide.
Another Gunn student, a 17-year-old girl, was killed by a train June 2 also at the same crossing.
Dunn said Caltrain officials will soon be working alongside a mental health task force that will include mental-health professionals.
"This is a community issue that needs to be addressed," she said.
More information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.