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Man killed by train was former Elks president

Served as U.S. Marine and NASA technician

The San Mateo County Coroner's Office identified the man killed by a train in Menlo Park on Sunday (Sept. 12) as Stephen Ebaugh, 53, of Menlo Park.

He served as president of the Palo Alto Elks, said Jan Poellot, who works in the lodge's office. She said the lodge was not at liberty to discuss Mr. Ebaugh's life.

The Elks newsletter ran a 2007 profile of Mr. Ebaugh that described him as a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp who later worked for NASA as an experimental aircraft research technician.

Southbound train number 438 struck Mr. Ebaugh on train tracks at Glenwood Avenue, north of the Menlo Park station, at about 5:14 p.m., Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew said.

Mr. Ebaugh was on the tracks for unknown reasons, and Caltrain's official position is that he was trespassing, she added.

No further information is available yet about the accident. Ms. Bartholomew said this is the seventh fatality for Caltrain this year.

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Posted by In Search of the Truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 13, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Why is it that every fatality involving Caltrain is labelled by them as the deceased being a "trespasser?" Are these their talking points or are they really trying to find out what happened? I am so sick of agencies, companies, individuals keeping an open mind about a situation without just trying to cover their butts.


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Posted by Search of the Truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 13, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Oops! My post should have read "I am so sick of agencies, companies, individuals NOT keeping an open mind and doing their research without trying to cover their butts?"


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Posted by Dose of Reality
a resident of another community
on Sep 14, 2010 at 9:15 am

To In Search of the Truth: "Trespasser" is the truth you are seeking. What I am sick of is the PC crowd not wanting to hear the truth they profess to so desperately seek. It is certainly sad that this apparent accident happened, and I feel very bad for the family of the deceased. I'm also reasonably sure that CalTrain is sorting out what happened, and trying to minimize events like this in the future. Do you really think that they don't care, or that they invite people to wander onto the tracks? He was a trespasser, and future trespassers may now realize the consequences of trespassing, whether it is on CalTrain tracks, or anybody else's property, to which they are not invited. Maybe identifying them as the trespassers they are, might save a life or two.


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Posted by In Search of the Truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Dear Dose of Reality,
Perhaps things are cut and dry in your world, but in the real world, there are black, white, and varying shades of GRAY. Until we know the circumstances of this sad event, why not withhold labelling it? Until we know the facts, it is wrong to label Mr. Ebaugh as a "trespasser." Perhaps it was an accident? Perhaps the train did not blow its horn? Perhaps the crossing arms did not go down?
Perhaps he could have been pushed onto CalTrain property? Why not wait until the facts are in before CalTrain goes to its self-serving talking points?

With all the recent deaths on CalTrain tracks, shouldn't some effort be put into preventing these tragedies?

Using your viewpoint, do you also go along with PG&E's recent defensive behavior regarding its part in the San Bruno devastation?


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Posted by Not Naive
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Don't assume that CalTrain is doing anything except protecting their butt! Geting at the truth is the furthest thing from their, or any corporation's, mind. Get real. Don't be so naive, Dose of Reality!


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Posted by Related to deceased
a resident of another community
on Sep 15, 2010 at 5:54 am

This article from another newspaper is what really happened to my brother-in-law.

A man killed on the Caltrain tracks over the weekend was identified Monday as 53-year-old Stephen Ebaugh of Menlo Park.

Ebaugh was fatally struck by a southbound Caltrain at about 5:14 p.m. Sunday while crossing the tracks at Glenwood Avenue, north of the Menlo Park Caltrain station.

Get real CalTrain is just trying to cover their "BUTT".


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