PALO ALTO (KRON) — A Palo Alto High School student was killed after being hit by Caltrain’s express baby bullet train on Monday morning.
The incident happened at about 6:25 a.m. just north of Churchill Avenue in Palo Alto. The train, northbound #309, left the San Jose Diridon station at 6:09 a.m. The baby bullet train can reach speeds of up to 79 miles per hour.
Caltrain officials would only say that the male victim was 15 years old.
According to Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn, a preliminary investigation indicates that the act was intentional. This is the eighth fatality on the Caltrain right of way this year. Last year there were 10 of which 8 were determined to be intentional.
“Suicide is a complex, community health issue. Research shows that most of the time people who die by suicide are struggling with mental health issues. Dedicated people in our community are working every day to lift the stigma surrounding mental illness and reduce suicide,” said Dunn.
“A wide variety of community resources are available to people with mental health issues. A list of these resources are posted on Caltrain’s website: http://www.caltrain.com/thereishelp,” said Dunn.
The incident shut down service about 50 minutes. At about 7:15, the southbound train tracks were reopened and trains began single-tracking through the area. About 9 a.m. the northbound tracks were reopened.
As a result of the incident trains were delayed during the morning commute from 40 minutes to 1 ½ hours, according to Dunn.