Man Fatally Struck by Freight Train

The victim was hit this evening on the Caltrain ride-of-way track in Palo Alto.

 A male victim was struck and killed by a Union Pacific Railroad Co. freight train Monday night in Palo Alto, Caltrain officials reported.

The victim was hit at about 9:30 p.m. on the Caltrain tracks near Churchill Avenue, spokeswoman Jayme Ackemann said.

The train remained stopped until the coroner arrived.


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Rogelio Clemente February 19, 2013 at 07:37 AM
Better chance for a successful suicide, being that it takes a freight train about a mile to stop. Caltrain, with their double disc brakes are getting it down to hundreds of feet when they "Big-hole" it.
Janice Savage February 19, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Yes, a 'successful' way to end it , for yourself , but , - traumatic for the engineers of the trains , which they have said affects them often the rest of their lives - not fair to them and their families and I don't believe most people take that into consideration when planning their demise ... they are just thinking the machine and its quick. - It affects the passengers as well , and then of course , their families and friends. We very seriously need people to be more aware of what is happening to the people around us , and try to catch them , and help them before they fall so far into hopelessness , especially in these hard times. We are here to help each other ... and it could be us or our family members at any time...
PalyAlum'82 February 19, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Reports are that it was a 22-year old, named Samir Mathur, no residence named.
Beatrice Karnes February 20, 2013 at 06:14 AM
Yes, Palo Alto native. Mathur was a Palo Alto resident, but the coroner's office would not provide me with an exact address, not even the street name.
Anurag Mathur February 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
This was nothing but an accident. I know the family


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