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Update: Woman killed after train strikes car in Menlo Park

 

A female driver was killed when her car was struck by a train at the Ravenswood Avenue crossing in Menlo Park at abut 4:45 p.m. today, Caltrain and fire officials said.

The impact sent the car flying 40 feet across the intersection, they said.

All trains in both directions were halted after the southbound Caltrain No. 360 hit the car.

The driver, the lone occupant of the car, was stuck at the Ravenswood crossing where the car was hit, said Harold Schpelhouman, chief of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

Samtrans is accepting Caltrain tickets between Menlo Park and Palo Alto, and BART is accepting Caltrain tickets at Millbrae, Caltrain officials said.

About 400 people were on board the train and none were injured, Caltrain officials said.

The northbound track re-opened for service, Caltrain announced at 6:03 p.m. "Caltrain will be able to single track trains in both directions around the incident site while clean-up continues," said Caltrain spokesperson Jayme Ackemann.

The crossing gate mechanism was destroyed and the train sustained "substantial damage," she said. The train may need repair work before it can be moved out of the crossing. Chief Schapelhouman said.

— Bay City News Service

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