PALO ALTO (BCN) — A 16-year-old boy was killed by a commuter train early this morning in an apparent suicide, a Caltrain spokeswoman said.
The victim was identified Palo Alto resident Cameron Lee by the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office.
He was on the tracks just south of the California Avenue station in Palo Alto when he was hit by the train, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.
The preliminary investigation indicates that Lee killed himself, she said.
The train was the last train of the day from San Francisco and due to arrive in San Jose at 1:34 a.m., Dunn said.
The 43 passengers were held on board the train until the investigation was complete at about 3 a.m. and then proceeded to San Jose, she said.
This is the eighth fatality by Caltrain this year. The commuter rail sees about 12 deaths every year, 90 percent of them suicides, Dunn said.
Suicide by Caltrain accounts for about 3 percent of suicides in its service area, she said.
Caltrain posts signs around its trackways with the national suicide prevention hotline number. Anyone at-risk is urged to call (800) 784-2433.