Mysterious object that hit car confirmed as train part Palo Alto Issues, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Oct 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm
A mysterious object that slammed into a parked Chevrolet Suburban in Palo Alto earlier this week has been identified as part of a train. But the part is from a Union Pacific locomotive, which uses Caltrain's tracks, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said Thursday.
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Posted by Andreas, a resident of the Ventura neighborhood, on Oct 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm
I live on Park Blvd. The trains go past my backyard. In 14 years, I've found two railroad spikes in my yard. These sprung loose from the railroad ties, flew over, and landed in my yard. They travelled easily 20 yards and over a 12-14 foot hedge. The spikes are big and heavy. Yes, if they had hit someone, it would have killed them.
Posted by Jan H., a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm
My son is a rail fan, and he said it sounded like the part was something from the housing of a fan on the engine. However, such a loss would have caused the train to stop somewhere farther down the tracks.