Another train-related fatality occurred about 10:50 p.m. Monday night on the tracks in Palo Alto about 50 yards south of West Meadow Drive, Caltrain officials announced.
The victim is a teenage boy, and the case is being investigated as a suicide, police Sgt. Dan Ryan reported. The youth's name has not been released.
According to one unconfirmed report, the youth was a junior at Gunn High School. Palo Alto schools Superintendent Kevin Skelly was meeting with Gunn officials and staff this morning.
Caltrain spokesperson Christine Dunn said southbound train No. 194 struck a person on the tracks, which were shut down briefly. Passengers were transferred to another southbound train, and trains were single-tracked in both directions while police and investigators secured the area, she said.
The West Meadow crossing has been the site of several suicides and apparent suicide attempts since spring, prompting an outpouring of community concern and programs within schools and community to present alternatives to suicide.
A forum, "View of Youth Stress: Warning signs and strategies for coping and dealing with stress from the experts," will be held Wednesday evening in the auditorium at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. It will start with a resource fair at 6:30 p.m., and a panel discussion will take place from 7 to 9 p.m.
Speakers will include Frances Wren, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital; Philippe Rey, Adolescent Counseling Services; and a panel of middle- and high-school students. Information is available at info.paloaltopta.org.