By Elena Kadvany
A 15-year-old Palo Alto student was killed by a train on the railroad tracks south of Churchill Avenue in Palo Alto at about 6:25 a.m. Monday, Caltrain officials have confirmed.
The student was a male Palo Alto High School sophomore, Superintendent Max McGee said. Principal Kim Diorio sent an email message to parents this morning to let them know of the incident, and the district plans to send a more detailed message later, McGee said.
The school's crisis-response team was immediately activated Monday morning, with support services to be provided by the district's mental-health partners: Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS), grief nonprofit Kara, Acknowledge Alliance (formerly Cleo Eulau Center), Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), Family & Children Services and Counseling Support Services for Youth (CASSY).
The preliminary investigation indicates that the death was an intentional act, Caltrain officials said.
The fatality initially shut down Caltrain service in both directions with delays of up to an hour and a half, Caltrain officials said. At about 7:15 a.m. the southbound train tracks were reopened and trains began single-tracking through the area. At about 9 a.m., the northbound tracks were reopened. Efforts are currently underway to restore normal service, Caltrain officials said.
All the passengers onboard the train got off at the Stanford station. The northbound train, #309, was an express baby bullet train that left the San Jose Diridon station at 6:09 a.m.
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority provided a bus bridge from Palo Alto, California Avenue and San Antonio stations. SamTrans is also providing a bus bridge between Palo Alto and Menlo Park stations. SamTrans and VTA vehicles will accept Caltrain tickets, agency officials said.
Help is available
Any person who is feeling depressed, troubled or suicidal is urged to call 1-800-784-2433 to speak with a crisis counselor. People in Santa Clara County can also call 1-855-278-4204.
A list of local mental health resources is also available here.
Read more: How to help those in crisis