San Bruno suicide-by-Caltrain: woman laid down on crossing
- Published Tuesday, July 1, 2008, by the San Mateo Daily Journal
Train kills woman lying on pedestrian crossing
By Dana Yates
A woman in her 30s was killed after she laid down in front of a
train in San Bruno yesterday afternoon -- delaying midday trains
At approximately 1:22 p.m. Monday, an Asian woman laid down on a
pedestrian rail crossing as a northbound train approached the San
Bruno Train Station, said Lt. David Triolo of the San Mateo County
Sheriff's Office Transit Police Bureau.
"As soon as the train approached, she stepped into the gauge and
laid herself down," Triolo said.
The woman was knocked approximately 10 feet from the where she was
hit on the walkway, which is elevated to meet the top of the train
Caltrain 147 was slowing to stop at the station. Triolo estimates
it was traveling approximately 25 mph when it struck the woman. The
exact speed will be available through an analysis of an onboard data
recorder. The data recorder acts much like a black box on aircraft,
The woman's identity is being withheld by the San Mateo County
Coroner's Office until the next of kin is notified.
This is the ninth fatality on Caltrain tracks this year. Of this
year's accidents, five were determined suicides, one was unintended
and the results on three, including the one that occurred today, are
pending, said Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn.
Passengers on the train were transferred to another train about
2 p.m. and the southbound track was opened about 1:45 p.m., which
allowed trains to move slowly through the area in both directions.
Dana Yates can be reached by e-mail: dana@... or
by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 106.
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