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By Sandy Brundage
Almanac Staff Writer
A northbound train struck and killed a man on the Ravenswood tracks in Menlo Park at 9:30 a.m. Friday, according to Caltrain.
Almanac photographer Michelle Le reported from the scene that the victim appeared to be a man with a silver road bike and helmet. She said the bike did not seem dented, and emergency officials speculated that he may have been walking the bike across the tracks.
A Caltrain representative described the body as unusually intact, suggesting that the train had approached at low speed.
Northbound trains 230 and 233 were stopped. Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said the 330 passengers on train 233 were transferred to train 135 at the Redwood City station.
Trains 132 and 134, heading south, were also halted. By 11:50 a.m., tracks in both directions reopened and Caltrain reported no delays.
Statistics from the agency count this as the fourth death on the Caltrain right-of-way this year; in 2011, there were 16 fatalities.
Over the years, Caltain has installed no trespassing signs and signs listing a crisis hotline number every 500 feet along the 55-mile railroad to try to reduce fatalities.
"No matter what the circumstances, it is always regrettable when a life is lost," said Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew in an email. "Caltrain reminds everyone to be safe around train tracks. Caltrain also would like to thank our passengers for their patience as we deal with these sad incidents."
The San Mateo County coroner will make the final determination of the cause of death, and investigators continue to piece together what happened.