A Caltrain contractor was hospitalized for serious injuries after he fell through wood decking on a walkway next to a rail bridge and landed onto Oregon Expressway in Palo Alto on Thursday morning, a Caltrain spokesperson said.
The man fell approximately 25 feet below the overpass, which crosses over Oregon Expressway near the California Avenue Caltrain station. The incident occurred just after 1 a.m. The worker is employed by Modern Railway Systems, a subcontractor for Balfour Beatty, the company in charge of Caltrain's maintenance work, Caltrain spokesperson Dan Lieberman said.
The worker suffered serious injuries, but he is in stable condition and is currently being treated at Stanford Medical Center. Caltrain is investigating the fall and single-tracked its trains in the area while it investigated the incident and checked the tracks for safety, Lieberman said. In addition, "all appropriate oversight bodies have been informed," he said.
"Caltrain's frontline employees and contract partners are the foundation of our system," the agency said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with the injured individual and their family at this time as they deal with this difficult situation. Safety is always our top priority at Caltrain and we are working diligently to address today's incident."
Palo Alto police blocked a section of Oregon Expressway at Bryant Street until about 12:40 p.m., police said. They described the matter as noncriminal.
Westbound Oregon Expressway was closed at Bryant, as well as the northbound and southbound ramps from Alma Street to westbound Oregon, the department said on Twitter. People were warned to expect delays during the morning commute. The public had access to eastbound Oregon Expressway during the closure.