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Pedestrian who died in Caltrain collision identified as 62-year-old Portola Valley woman

Incident happened near West Meadow Drive

The southbound track of Caltrain through Palo Alto reopened Saturday evening but at reduced speeds, following an incident in which a train fatally struck an individual near West Meadow Drive earlier that afternoon.

On Thursday, the Santa Clara County Coroner-Medical Examiner's office identified the person as Julie Allison Kraushaar Zurcher, 62, of Portola Valley. The coroner has not yet determined whether the death was by suicide.

Caltrain spokesperson Dan Lieberman said trains were single-tracking through the affected area until was cleared.

The collision happened at approximately 4:47 p.m., when northbound train No. 253 collided with an individual near West Meadow Drive.

There were approximately 200 passengers on the train at the time of the collision, Lieberman said.

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The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office's Transit Police Bureau is investigating the incident.

As of Wednesday, a staff member with the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office said the person had not yet been identified.

Help is available

Any person who is feeling depressed, troubled or suicidal can call 800-784-2433 to speak with a crisis counselor. People in Santa Clara County can call 855-278-4204. Spanish speakers can call 888-628-9454.

People can reach trained counselors at Crisis Text Line by texting 741741.

Read more: How to help those in crisis

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Pedestrian who died in Caltrain collision identified as 62-year-old Portola Valley woman

Incident happened near West Meadow Drive

by Bay City News Service /

Uploaded: Mon, Jul 25, 2022, 9:32 am
Updated: Fri, Jul 29, 2022, 9:49 am

The southbound track of Caltrain through Palo Alto reopened Saturday evening but at reduced speeds, following an incident in which a train fatally struck an individual near West Meadow Drive earlier that afternoon.

On Thursday, the Santa Clara County Coroner-Medical Examiner's office identified the person as Julie Allison Kraushaar Zurcher, 62, of Portola Valley. The coroner has not yet determined whether the death was by suicide.

Caltrain spokesperson Dan Lieberman said trains were single-tracking through the affected area until was cleared.

The collision happened at approximately 4:47 p.m., when northbound train No. 253 collided with an individual near West Meadow Drive.

There were approximately 200 passengers on the train at the time of the collision, Lieberman said.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office's Transit Police Bureau is investigating the incident.

As of Wednesday, a staff member with the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office said the person had not yet been identified.

Help is available

Any person who is feeling depressed, troubled or suicidal can call 800-784-2433 to speak with a crisis counselor. People in Santa Clara County can call 855-278-4204. Spanish speakers can call 888-628-9454.

People can reach trained counselors at Crisis Text Line by texting 741741.

Read more: How to help those in crisis

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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