Apparent suicide-by-Caltrain delays trains in Mountain View
- 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
The No. 274 train hit the person around 6:15 p.m., temporarily
stopping trains in both directions, said district spokeswoman
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.