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Pedestrian dies in Caltrain collision

Investigation underway by San Mateo County Sheriff's Office

A fatal collision occurred between a northbound Caltrain train No. 261 and a male pedestrian at the Churchill Avenue crossing in Palo Alto on Thursday afternoon.

The collision happened around 3:40 p.m., according to Caltrain. Emergency crews responded to the scene and trains were stopped in the area. On Thursday, Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Don Austin told this news organization that the incident did not involve a Palo Alto Unified School District student.

The person who died was identified on Friday by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's Office as Gary Zweig, a 71-year-old Palo Alto resident. He was a physician.

The train carried 22 passengers; no injuries were reported to anyone onboard on Thursday, Caltrain said.

Palo Alto police advised the public to take alternate routes and to expect delays around the area. The Churchill Avenue grade crossing was closed until about 6:30 p.m.

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The investigation is being handled by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, which is in charge of looking into incidents that occur on the railroad corridor, police said.

As of Thursday, the circumstances had not been determined to be intentional or accidental, Caltrain stated.

Caltrain plans to post updates on Twitter via @CaltrainAlerts.

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.

Read more: How to help those in crisis

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Pedestrian dies in Caltrain collision

Investigation underway by San Mateo County Sheriff's Office

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Jan 21, 2021, 4:17 pm
Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2021, 11:22 am

A fatal collision occurred between a northbound Caltrain train No. 261 and a male pedestrian at the Churchill Avenue crossing in Palo Alto on Thursday afternoon.

The collision happened around 3:40 p.m., according to Caltrain. Emergency crews responded to the scene and trains were stopped in the area. On Thursday, Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Don Austin told this news organization that the incident did not involve a Palo Alto Unified School District student.

The person who died was identified on Friday by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's Office as Gary Zweig, a 71-year-old Palo Alto resident. He was a physician.

The train carried 22 passengers; no injuries were reported to anyone onboard on Thursday, Caltrain said.

Palo Alto police advised the public to take alternate routes and to expect delays around the area. The Churchill Avenue grade crossing was closed until about 6:30 p.m.

The investigation is being handled by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, which is in charge of looking into incidents that occur on the railroad corridor, police said.

As of Thursday, the circumstances had not been determined to be intentional or accidental, Caltrain stated.

Caltrain plans to post updates on Twitter via @CaltrainAlerts.

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.

Read more: How to help those in crisis

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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