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Update: Man hit and killed by Caltrain in Palo Alto

Original post made on Nov 20, 2012

Caltrain is back on schedule after experiencing major delays this morning after a train fatally struck a man on the tracks in Palo Alto, an agency spokeswoman said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 9:07 AM

Comments

Posted by Michelle, a resident of Shoreline West
on Nov 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Erase top post and replace with this one please.

Eleven (11) deaths in 11 months for 2012 and sixteen (16) deaths in 2011? Something seriously needs to be done to stop this. A few ideas come to mind, install a fence that cages the entire train and track, like a tunnel, or install a 12' high electrical fence with a 10' high concrete wall 4' away. If they choose to still commit suicide, then it's better they don't involve the engineer and a train full of innocent people. Do it in stages, like the Stevens Creek Trail. Any ideas out there anybody?


Posted by Dani, a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Nov 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Nothing will ever stop this. Sad but true.


Posted by Steve, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Nov 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Yet another sensless pedestrian fatality. No doubt caused by the reckless driving and excessive speed of the engineer.


Posted by John J, a resident of another community
on Nov 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm

It would be impossible to stop suicide by trains. You could enclose all of the tracks, but there is no way that you can screen off the intersections. It is a sad thing when individuals kill themselves, but difficult to stop.


Posted by musical, a resident of another community
on Nov 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm

As with the post that followed, facetiousness sometimes does not come across in the written word. Some will say it has no business on the thread of such a serious incident, but that is how many people deal with their discomfort on the subject.


Posted by Adapt2Life, a resident of another community
on Nov 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I will never forget a time back in the mid 80's, a bunch of us were hanging out talking about life, love our futures, etc. One friend brought up suicide, don't remember exactly why she did but, another friend said "I would jump in front of a train." EEEWWWW, WTH would you do that for? and he said "It's quick, 99.999% guaranteed & there's no time for regrets." We all laughed, agreed & didn't think anything of it... a few weeks later, he did just that - at that same intersection.

ALWAYS take someone seriously when they talk about suicide!!


Posted by Steve, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Nov 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm

My previous comment was sarcasm, echoing the minority but most vocal response to our pedestrian/vehicle problems here. I'm actually stunned that it wasn't deleted!


Posted by Sally, a resident of Shoreline West
on Nov 21, 2012 at 9:26 pm

The young man involved was really genuine. It's sad that people are thinking about the commuters. He deserved love