Second death on Caltrain tracks in as many days 

Caltrain struck and killed a man on the tracks Thursday afternoon in what officials said was a likely suicide, the second such death for the transit agency in as many days.

The man was hit by a southbound train near Bellevue Avenue in San Mateo at about 4:30 p.m., according to Caltrain. The train came to a stop at the San Mateo station, where passengers were able to disembark.

A Caltrain spokeswoman said that preliminary information indicated the death had been an intentional act. The coroner’s office will make an official determination.

The incident created significant delays for Caltrain service, including for San Francisco Giants fans going to Thursday night’s game who were warned to make alternative plans.

Service was shut down between the Millbrae and Hillsdale stations, and Caltrain set up bus service between the stations. As of 5:45 p.m., the northbound track had been reopened, with trains running at reduced speed, according to Caltrain.

On Wednesday, a man was struck and killed by a northbound train at Peninsula Avenue in Burlingame. That incident also delayed Caltrain service to the Giants’ afternoon game and canceled a special train after the game.

The death Thursday was the ninth on the Caltrain right of way this year. There were 11 deaths on Caltrain tracks last year, and 19 in 2009.

In recent years, Caltrain has implemented safety measures in an attempt to reduce deaths on the tracks, including fencing, suicide prevention signs with a hotline number along the tracks, and increased suicide prevention education and outreach.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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