Train critically injures woman Palo Alto

Female pedestrian struck by train at University Avenue station

UPDATE: As of late Tuesday night the woman's condition improved, but she remained in critical but stable condition, according to Caltrain spokesperson Jayme Ackemann.


A female pedestrian struck by a northbound train at the Palo Alto Caltrain station on University Avenue Tuesday morning is still alive and has been taken to Stanford Hospital for treatment, according to Caltrain officials.

Northbound Caltrain #143, which left San Jose at 11:10 a.m., struck the adult female at 11:45 a.m. The train was headed to San Francisco.

The woman, a Palo Alto resident, was conscious and breathing, Caltrain spokesperson Jayme Ackemann said.

The train, which had about 200 people on board, was stopped at the scene and caused delays through the area.

Train service was shut down in both directions. One track was reopened at 12:20 p.m., and full service resumed at 12:45 p.m., Caltrain officials said.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff/Bay City News

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Posted by Alphonso
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Feb 24, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Fortunately, the train was a Local and was making a stop - it was moving slowly when it ht the woman

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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 24, 2015 at 3:09 pm

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Posted by pacsailor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2015 at 4:06 pm

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Posted by huh
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 24, 2015 at 5:58 pm

How can someone be a pedestrian on the tracks at that station? All the walkways go under the tracks.

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Posted by Catherine
a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 24, 2015 at 8:40 pm

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Posted by CIA
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on Feb 24, 2015 at 8:43 pm

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Posted by Be Kind PA
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Feb 25, 2015 at 1:21 am

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KRON is reporting that the woman died. Web Link

Not sure this is accurate since no other news source is reporting the same.

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Posted by Jonathan Brown
a resident of Ventura
on Feb 25, 2015 at 12:13 pm

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We're well past the point of needing to make major safety overhauls to these tracks. Is it seriously in dispute that the money it would cost to underground the tracks is not worth the lives it would save?

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Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 25, 2015 at 12:54 pm

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Sadly, I doubt it matters if one is hit by a fast moving train or a slow moving train. Seems we have an inordinately high incidence of train related accidents in this area. Two so far this week is nothing short of astounding. I understand there's a petition before Council to create a Quiet Zone near the downtown station; not sure that's the wisest move given the level of the problem.

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Posted by Crescent Park Mom
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 25, 2015 at 1:06 pm

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I think the woman that died was the one that was hit Monday night in Menlo Park while in her car.

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Posted by ChrisC
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 25, 2015 at 1:08 pm

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Are there statistics for earlier decades? I' m guessing suicides are up now, as well as accidents. My heart goes out to the engineers who suffer severe mental stress from these incidents. There is just so much money or effort that can be spent trying to prevent these things. Suicides will find a way; accidents depend on education and good driving practices. There has been at least one accident where the pedestrian was wearing headphones and was distracted.

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