Caltrain Fatally Strikes Trespasser at S.F. Station

The fatal incident near the 22nd Street station also set off significant delays.

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A Caltrain fatally hit someone on the tracks just south of a San Francisco station on Monday morning, the agency says.

Around 7:50 a.m. Monday, a northbound Caltrain struck someone — who the agency says was trespassing — near the 22nd Street station in the Dogpatch. There were no injuries reported for among the 500 passengers aboard the train, according to Caltrain.

The fatal incident set off significant delays. It took until 8:45 a.m. for the southbound track to reopen with speeds restricted to 10 mph. 

By 9:02 a.m., both tracks were reopened at regularly allowed speeds.

This was Caltrain’s second fatality of the year. Nine fatalities were reported in 2017 and 12 were reported in 2016, according to Caltrain spokesperson Tasha Bartholomew.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner is determining the final cause of death while Caltrain Transit Police Bureau investigates the incident. In 2016, the agency formed a partnership with the Crisis Text Line to combat suicides. Individuals seeking help can text “HOME” to 741741 anywhere in the United States.

UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: The person fatally struck by the train was a male in his 20s, according to Caltrain spokesperson Tasha Bartholomew. It has not yet been determined if he went to the tracks intentionally as a train passed. 

Whenever someone is on the tracks — which is a right-of-way for the trains — they are considered trespassing, Bartholomew added.

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