Palo Alto: Caltrain reports fatality near Charleston

Service delayed for several hours

Caltrain confirmed on Wednesday evening at about 5:40 p.m. that a fatality had occurred on the southbound tracks near Charleston Road on the Caltrain right of way.

The deceased appeared to be an adult male, according to Transit Police conducting an investigation at the scene.

Following the incident, which was reported by Southbound Train #264, service was stopped in both directions, with trains held at Palo Alto and San Antonio stations.

Caltrain cleared trains to travel on the northbound tracks, with both southbound and northbound trains going around the investigation.

Delays are expected, and Caltrain reported that VTA transit will honor Caltrain tickets. Plans for a VTA bus bridge have been cancelled.

Caltrain launched a "There is help" signage program and website with resources for individuals and those seeking to learn more about mental illness and suicide earlier this month. The website can be found here.

Further information will be reported as updates become available.

-- Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Posted by Witness
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Oct 15, 2014 at 7:51 pm

I saw it happen right in front of me, I was parked before the fences as the train approached.

[Portion removed.]
It was disturbing.

Use the resources the world has offered you, people.

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Posted by Town Square Moderator
online staff of Palo Alto Online
on Oct 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Town Square Moderator is a registered user.

Dear Witness, we are very sorry for what you saw today. While respecting your need to post about it, we're removing a portion of the post due to reporting guidelines that recommend limiting descriptions of these acts, out of concern for other vulnerable people in our community.

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Posted by Rev. Daniel
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 16, 2014 at 10:47 am

Rev. Daniel is a registered user.

With continued thoughts and prayers for all those who internally carry their burdens in our community.

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