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Pedestrian fatally struck on Caltrain tracks in Menlo Park Friday morning

Original post made on Mar 18, 2022

A pedestrian was fatally struck by a northbound train between Watkins and Encinal avenues in Menlo Park on Friday morning, March 18.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 18, 2022, 11:50 AM

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Posted by CyberVoter
a resident of Atherton: other
on Mar 18, 2022 at 5:13 pm

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A key question (That the Almanac reporter should have asked) is:
"Was the person hit at/near the road/railroad crossing or in the middle of the track between the two roads?"

That is, was the pedestrian trying to beat the train across the intersection, or waiting for it to get within a distance to use it for suicide?


Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 18, 2022 at 6:47 pm

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CyberVoter:

since they reported it as being "between Encinal and Watkins, it's unlikely it was someone trying to beat the train at one of the crossings as it would have been reported as occurring at one of the roads, not between.


Posted by Reality Check
a resident of another community
on Mar 18, 2022 at 10:59 pm

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CyberVoter: Caltrain has long had forward-facing video camera recorders on its trains. Before that, they used to often get sued by families (sometimes at the urging or help of ambulance-chasing attorneys working on contingency) of the deceased alleging negligence or some sort of safety-related liability.

As far as I know, once the cameras went in the lawsuits stopped because it became clear that nearly every pedestrian fatality — whether at crossings or stations or somewhere in between — were intentional acts and had nothing whatsoever to do with safety or anyone’s negligence.

And this makes sense, too. For anyone past childhood, and since they are well-lit, relatively noisy and follow a completely predictable and narrow path: it’s actually not that easy to for a pedestrian to accidentally get themselves run over by the hard-to-miss, well-lit, and horn-equipped trains around here (unless suffering some sort of cognitive impairment, such as being drunk or drugged).


Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Mar 19, 2022 at 8:31 am

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A silent prayer for the train engineer who was an unwilling witness to this tragedy and a somber thank you to the firefighters who had to deal with the aftermath.


Posted by Steve_J
a resident of another community
on Mar 19, 2022 at 5:02 pm

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Let's not forget the law enforcement personnel who had to deal
with this incident.


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