Woman dies when her car is hit by Caltrain

Accident at Charleston Avenue crossing halts traffic

An Indiana woman visiting family in Palo Alto died today (Friday) when the rented car she was driving was struck by a northbound Caltrain at the Charleston Avenue crossing.

Her husband escaped the vehicle and his condition was not immediately known, according to Caltrain representative Mark Simon.

The accident happened around 5 p.m., when the car became stuck on the tracks in peak traffic, Simon said.

The unidentified couple, in their mid-60s, were driving a rented Nissan Altima.

The train, the No. 369 northbound express, had left the Mountain View station and was probably going at top speed, he said. It came to a halt at East Meadow Drive.

Palo Alto and transit police, firefighters and ambulance were on the scene. The struck car, a light-colored sedan, remained near the tracks an hour after the crash, its front end completely mangled.

Charleston Road was blocked both ways near the tracks at Alma Street.

Caltrain buses were transporting passengers from train stations while service was suspended. The coroner arrived at the crash scene at about 6 p.m.

The story will be updated as news becomes available.

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