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San Bruno suicide-by-Caltrain: woman laid down on crossing

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    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
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      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
      40 minutes.

      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
      tracks.

      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,
      Triolo said.

      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.


      [BATN: See also:

      Caltrain officials see no reason or pattern for spike in suicides
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/38905

      Letter: Costly Caltrain fencing cannot stop suicides
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/38613 ]
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