A 19-year-old Palo Alto man was struck and killed at 1:20 a.m. by a southbound Caltrain in Palo Alto in what was possibly "an intentional act," according to Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn.
The man was not immediately identified, but while he was a Palo Alto resident he had not attended high school in Palo Alto, Dunn said. The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office reported that it had not positively confirmed his identity, as of 6:45 a.m., however.
Dunn said the man was hit about four-tenths of a mile north of the California Avenue station at a location where there is no vehicle or pedestrian crossing.
"A preliminary investigation indicates that this was an intentional act," she said.
Access to the tracks is restricted by a fence bordering the east side of the tracks and houses with fenced yards lining its west side.
Train 198 continued on to the California Avenue station, where its 30 passengers were disembarked. Another local train was dispatched and picked up the passengers at 2:45 a.m., Dunn said.
Normal service was expected to resume this morning, with the first southbound train scheduled to leave San Francisco at 4:55 a.m. The first northbound train was scheduled to depart San Jose at 4:30 a.m.
It was the first Caltrain fatality of 2011, Dunn said. In 2010, there were 11 fatalities on the Caltrain right of way, down from 19 a year earlier.