A Santa Clara man died Friday night, Dec. 23, after a train on the Caltrain right-of-way struck his vehicle at Charleston Road in Palo Alto, Caltrain officials said.
The Santa Clara County Office of Medical Examiner-Coroner identified the victim as John Joseph, 60.
The vehicle was hit south of the California Avenue station by a northbound train at approximately 5:57 p.m., Caltrain said. The investigation is ongoing, but "early reports indicate that this was an intentional act," Public Relations Specialist Will Reisman wrote in an email.
The Palo Alto Police Department said in a message just before 7 p.m. that the grade crossings over the tracks at Charleston and Meadow Drive were closed and advised drivers to avoid the area to lessen traffic congestion. (See map of traffic conditions here.)
Caltrain officials said just before 8 p.m. that the tracks had been cleared in both directions, but delays were persisting, up to an hour and 45 minutes.
Reisman said that "residual setbacks" would continue "into the near future."
The incident is under investigation by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Transit Police Bureau, as they have primary jurisdiction over the railway, police said.
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