Man struck, killed on Atherton train tracks is identified


The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has identified the man who was struck and killed by a train shortly before 3 p.m. Friday, June 5, at the Atherton Caltrain Station.

The man is Mathew Fix, 42, a resident of Sunnyvale.

There were approximately 400 people on northbound train No. 155, which struck the man at about 2:56.

Trains were single-tracking through the area with a maximum speed of 25 mph. As of 6:08 p.m., both tracks were open for maximum speed, Caltrain spokesperson Tasha Bartholomew said.

A SamTrans bus bridge was set up between the Menlo Park and Redwood City stations.

Passengers were delayed by up to 90 minutes, Ms. Bartholomew said.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 5, 2015 at 4:41 pm

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At the risk of raising the ire of the Almanac's Publisher (who always sees this concern as somehow inappropriate) please let us not forget about the impact of these recurrent train tragedies on the train engineers and our first responders.

These "survivors" and silent victims have to live with the memories of these events for the rest of their lives.

They have to take those memories home with them to their families.

Imagine exactly how each of them must have spent the last few hours since this unfortunate death.

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Posted by commuter
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 5, 2015 at 5:47 pm

Any collision with Caltrain means several hours of delay. We need to get serious about grade separations.

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 5, 2015 at 6:16 pm

I'm sure no bathrooms would fall afoul of the ADA. There are plenty of elderly folks who need to use a bathroom at least once an hour or less and thus would be kept from using train service for rides lasting more than 30 minutes. And only a few stations have bathrooms.

If you've got to go, yah got a go. Clean the restrooms or clean the seats and aisles etc. Your choice CalTrain.

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