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Two people hit, killed by trains Saturday

Palo Alto death occurred at the California Avenue station; second occurred in Menlo Park

Within a little more than one hour, two people were struck and killed by trains in Palo Alto and Menlo Park Saturday, a Caltrain spokesperson has confirmed.

The first, a man, died at Palo Alto's California Avenue station; the second person was hit just north of the Menlo Park station.

At 11:10 a.m. northbound train No. 801, an express, struck and killed a man on the train tracks in Palo Alto. The 150 passengers on the train were transferred to another train, spokeswoman Christine Dunn announced.

At 12:13 p.m. southbound Caltrain No. 428, a local, struck and killed a person on the train tracks in Menlo Park. One hundred and twenty passengers were on board.

The southbound tracks in Menlo Park were reopened at 2:15 p.m. The northbound tracks in Palo Alto were opened at 2:30 p.m. Trains were operating on schedule by 4 p.m., Ms. Dunn announced at 6 p.m.

There have been 16 fatalities on the Caltrain right-of-way this year. A middle-aged man, Greg Brown of Redwood City, was killed last Saturday (Nov. 26) at the California Avenue Caltrain station.

The highest number of deaths in one year in the Caltrain right-of-way -- 20 -- occurred in 1995, Ms. Dunn said.

The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office is handling the investigation of the Palo Alto death, and the San Mateo County Coroner's Office, the Menlo Park death, Ms. Dunn said.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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