Pedestrian killed on Caltrain tracks in Menlo Park


A person was struck and killed by a train in Menlo Park Sunday evening (Sept. 12), a Caltrain spokeswoman said.

Caltrain's southbound train number 438 struck a person on the tracks north of the Menlo Park station at about 5:14 p.m., spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew said.

The person was on the tracks for unknown reasons, and the official position is they were trespassing, she added. Train 438 was shut down and passengers were transferred to other trains. Trains were being routed onto one track in the area.

Police and officials from the San Mateo County coroner's office are investigating the collision. Bartholomew said this is the seventh fatality for Caltrain this year.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by SadieSadie
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 13, 2010 at 10:53 am

Sad, but people have their reasons, even if they have had support. Trains are fast and heavy. People will find a way, and think the train is pretty solid way to succeed in their desire.

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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Sep 13, 2010 at 11:02 am

Before people start huffing about the responsiblity of a city, a police department or Caltrain to keep people safe, remember this: THE TRAIN TRACKS ARE FIXED IN PLACE. THEY DO NOT MOVE, AND HAVE BEEN THERE FOR WHAT, AT LEAST 60 YEARS? YOU HAVE TO TAKE YOURSELF TO THE TRACKS. GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE AGENCIES ARE NOT THOUGHT POLICE. They cannot possibly know what's in a person's mind. Be grateful for that, probably one of the last rights of free will you have.

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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Sep 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm

HSR will put the tracks in a trench and none too soon.

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Posted by Moe
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 13, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I can't commment on this particular incident - I just do not know the circumstances but here are some thoughts on the subject of pedestrian "accidents" involving railroads.

Tragic as it is when a person gets killed by a train but a person wandering around on railroad tracks knows what he/she is doing and must be held responsible for it.
Barriers and red lights at rail/street intersections are a necessary and appropriate devise for warning motorists but the yellow, automatic gates for pedestrians are an expensive joke and serve basically one purpose - to strengthen the railroad companies defense in litigation. The company can say that they have done all they could but deterring a determined trespasser, these gates will not.
It's time to stop looking for someone else to blame and to start taking personal responsibility seriously.

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