Man struck, killed on Atherton train tracks


A man was struck and killed by a train shortly before 3 p.m. Friday, June 5, at the Atherton Caltrain Station, according to a Caltrain spokesperson.

There were approximately 400 people on northbound train No. 155, which struck the man at about 2:56 p.m.

Trains were single-tracking through the area with a maximum speed of 25 mph. As of 6:08 p.m., both tracks were open for maximum speed, Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew said.

A SamTrans bus bridge was set up between the Menlo Park and Redwood City stations.

Passengers were delayed by up to 90 minutes, Bartholomew said.

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18 people like this
Posted by Rose
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jun 5, 2015 at 4:27 pm

My thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the deceased during this sad time. I'm very sorry for your loss.

25 people like this
Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton
on Jun 5, 2015 at 4:43 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

At the risk of raising the ire of the Almanac's Publisher (who always sees this concern as somehow inappropriate) please let us not forget about the impact of these recurrent train tragedies on the train engineers and our first responders.

These "survivors" and silent victims have to live with the memories of these events for the rest of their lives.

They have to take those memories home with them to their families.

Imagine exactly how each of them must have spent the last few hours since this unfortunate death.

19 people like this
Posted by Sarah1000
a resident of Los Altos
on Jun 5, 2015 at 9:37 pm

To Peter Carpenter- Yes, our county's lack of support for its first responders and its requiring that police officers act as mental health professionals in the field are examples of our shameful mental healthcare system. (Look at San Diego County's PERT program for an example of how one county provides in-the-field mental health assessment and support.) Santa Clara County's Board of Supervisors is posed to take some action to begin improving mental healthcare via Joe Simitian's proposal for inpatient child/adolescent psychiatric services which he will present at the Board meeting this Tuesday at 9 am in downtown San Jose. Now is the time for everyone to require the County to establish a continuum of mental healthcare services that will stop the Caltrain suicides. Please attend the meeting and make your voice heard.

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Posted by C Wilson George
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2015 at 12:42 pm

> Now is the time for everyone to require the County to establish a
> continuum of mental healthcare services that will stop the Caltrain suicides.

Not going to happen. Claiming that more country, or government money, will stop all suicides is irresponsible.

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Posted by Sarah1000
a resident of Los Altos
on Jun 6, 2015 at 2:11 pm

To C Wilson George I have never said that more County money will stop all suicides. There is a very effective suicide prevention model called the Zero Suicide Model. It clearly sets out the continuum of mental health services needed to most effectively reduce suicides. Counties across the U.S. have established their mental health services based on this model and have drastically cut their rates of suicide. Santa Clara County spends a great deal of money to support many different mental health organizations seemingly without following a model or having a plan. The result is that now our county has an ineffective mental health system especially for its teens and adolescents. Following a model plan with proven success would SAVE money. We have a new mental (behavioral) health director and we, now, have Joe Simitian's attention. Hopefully, after Tuesday, we will have the Board of Supervisors' attention. Does this make sense to you?
Thanks for speaking out!

4 people like this
Posted by Trudy
a resident of Los Altos
on Jun 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm

I agree with Sarah.

Please attend The Board of Supervisor's meeting on Tuesday, June 9 @ 9am in the Board Chambers, 70 West Hedding Street in San Jose. Joe Simitian will be requesting "Direct Administration to report the board within 6 months on the feasibility and advisability of creating and/or contracting for an inpatient psychiatric unit for children and adolescents in Santa Clara County."

Also of note, according to Tuck Younis, Los Altos Police Chief, The Board of Supervisors has been talking about starting a Santa Clara Mobile Mental Health Unit with trained mental health professionals that would assist police officers at the scene. Even with with 40 hours of CIT (Crisis Intervention Training), police first responders, especially in Palo Alto, feel the need for more support at the scene and with counseling suicidal adolescents.

2 people like this
Posted by Bette H
a resident of Los Altos
on Jun 7, 2015 at 1:42 pm

How very sad. This hurts all of us. I'm glad to hear people are starting to pay more attention to the current lack of resources for these situations.

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