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Man fatally struck by Caltrain near Charleston Road rail crossing

Victim was 'not a minor,' says Palo Alto schools superintendent

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A man was struck and killed near the Charleston Road rail crossing in Palo Alto on Tuesday at 12:25 p.m., a Caltrain spokesperson said.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office on Wednesday identified the man as Tone Lee, 22, of Palo Alto.

"No matter what the circumstances, it is always regrettable when a life is lost. Caltrain reminds everyone to be safe around train tracks," Caltrain spokesperson Tasha Bartholomew said in an email.

Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Don Austin told the Weekly that the victim was "not a minor."

There were approximately 20 passengers on northbound train No. 117, with no reported injuries onboard.

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Palo Alto police issued a traffic alert stating that a train incident had closed the Caltrain crossing, but by 2 p.m. the crossing had been reopened to traffic, although not to pedestrians or bicyclists.

The Transit Police Bureau of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation. Updates are available at twitter.com/CaltrainAlerts.

This story will be updated as information becomes available.

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People can reach trained counselors at Crisis Text Line by texting 741741.

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Man fatally struck by Caltrain near Charleston Road rail crossing

Victim was 'not a minor,' says Palo Alto schools superintendent

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Oct 26, 2021, 1:42 pm
Updated: Tue, Oct 26, 2021, 3:53 pm

A man was struck and killed near the Charleston Road rail crossing in Palo Alto on Tuesday at 12:25 p.m., a Caltrain spokesperson said.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office on Wednesday identified the man as Tone Lee, 22, of Palo Alto.

"No matter what the circumstances, it is always regrettable when a life is lost. Caltrain reminds everyone to be safe around train tracks," Caltrain spokesperson Tasha Bartholomew said in an email.

Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Don Austin told the Weekly that the victim was "not a minor."

There were approximately 20 passengers on northbound train No. 117, with no reported injuries onboard.

Palo Alto police issued a traffic alert stating that a train incident had closed the Caltrain crossing, but by 2 p.m. the crossing had been reopened to traffic, although not to pedestrians or bicyclists.

The Transit Police Bureau of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation. Updates are available at twitter.com/CaltrainAlerts.

This story will be updated as information becomes available.

Help is available

Any person who is feeling depressed, troubled or suicidal can call 800-784-2433 to speak with a crisis counselor. People in Santa Clara County can call 855-278-4204. Spanish speakers can call 888-628-9454.

Anyone who is struggling with substance use can call the Santa Clara County Department of Behavioral Health Services at 800-488-9919.

People can reach trained counselors at Crisis Text Line by texting 741741.

Read more: How to help those in crisis

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Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 27, 2021 at 3:11 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on Oct 27, 2021 at 3:11 pm

Where are the comments from City staff? Why are they yet again refusing to answer questions about whether the cameras are even working? This is the second death that's happened recently for which the city's refused to answer any questions!

Who do they think is paying for the cameras -- and paying their salaries??


eileen
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College Terrace
on Oct 28, 2021 at 9:27 am
eileen , College Terrace
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on Oct 28, 2021 at 9:27 am

RIP to mister Lee. His life was taken too soon. This is not a time to bring up comments about cameras etc. Save that for another thread. I hope his family can find peace during this difficult time.


Me
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 28, 2021 at 12:17 pm
Me, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Oct 28, 2021 at 12:17 pm

He was a Gunn graduate! Web Link


JB
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Evergreen Park
on Oct 30, 2021 at 2:01 pm
JB, Evergreen Park
Registered user
on Oct 30, 2021 at 2:01 pm

This is so sad. I give my condolences to this person's family and friends.


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