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Two people killed by trains identified

Three deaths on Saturday: Palo Alto death occurred at the California Avenue station; second occurred in Menlo Park

Two of three people who died on Bay Area railroad tracks on Saturday (Dec. 3) have been identified.

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

A man died at Palo Alto's California Avenue station; the second person, a woman, was struck and killed just north of the Menlo Park station.

Their deaths were preceded by a third man, who was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Fremont.

Gary Carter, 47, of Fremont, was killed by Amtrak train number 727, a westbound Capitol Corridor train, around 10:20 a.m., Danelle Hunter, an Amtrak spokeswoman said.

At about 11:10 a.m., northbound train No. 801, a Baby Bullet express train, hit an unidentified man at the California Avenue Caltrain

station in Palo Alto, spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

At 12:13 p.m., southbound train No. 428 struck and killed a woman on the tracks just north of the Menlo Park station, Dunn said.

The victim in the Menlo Park incident has been identified as Jayne Cox, 27, of Folsom, according to the San Mateo County Coroner's Office.

The identity of the Palo Alto victim has not yet been released, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's Office.

There were 150 passengers on the train going through Palo Alto at 11:10, who were transferred to another train, Dunn stated in a press release.

The train that struck Cox had 120 passengers, she said.

There were no injuries to the Amtrak train's crew or the approximately 40 passengers on board, Hunter said.

The train was delayed by about three hours, and the passengers were ultimately taken by bus to their destination.

There have been 16 fatalities on the Caltrain right of way this year, Dunn said.

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, Dunn said.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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