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    Published Thursday, January 1, 2009, by the San Francisco Chronicle Pedestrian killed by Caltrain in Mountain View By Jill Tucker A southbound Caltrain struck
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      Published Thursday, January 1, 2009, by the San Francisco Chronicle

      Pedestrian killed by Caltrain in Mountain View

      By Jill Tucker

      A southbound Caltrain struck and killed a pedestrian on the tracks
      north of Castro Street in Mountain View this evening, delaying commute
      trains in both directions, according to San Mateo County Transit
      District officials.

      The No. 274 train hit the person around 6:15 p.m., temporarily
      stopping trains in both directions, said district spokeswoman
      Christine Dunn.

      The train engineer reported to investigators that the pedestrian was
      standing on the tracks as the train approached. The engineer reported
      deploying the emergency brakes, but was unable to stop in time.

      No other information was available about the victim.

      Within 30 minutes, officials were able to reopen the northbound tracks
      and allowed trains through alternating directions. Caltrain restored
      service southbound at about 8 p.m.

      Caltrain officials reported continued delays along the lines.

      The incident was the 16th Caltrain fatality on the tracks this year.
      Last year there were seven and the year before 17.

      Of the 2008 deaths, eight were ruled suicides, two were accidental
      and the others are still open cases.

      Information on the status of delays is available at Caltrain Customer
      Service Center at 1-800-600-4287.
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