Caltrain accident in Palo Alto kills woman visiting from Indiana 

A woman in her 60s from Indiana visiting family in Palo Alto was killed when a car she and a man she was driving with was struck by a train, according to Caltrain.

Caltrain service was halted in both directions Friday during the evening commute after a northbound train struck a Nissan Altima rental car at approximately 5 p.m. The car was traveling eastbound at the the intersection of Alma and Charleston in Palo Alto, according to the transit agency.

The woman who was killed was believed to be the driver of the vehicle, according to the transit agency. The man, also in his mid-60s managed to escape from the car, according to Caltrain. The car was reportedly on the tracks because of traffic was backed up in the area, Caltrain said.

There were approximately 300-400 passengers aboard the train when it hit the automobile, according to the transit agency. No one on the train, which was emptied of passengers at 6:40 p.m., was injured during the collision.

The commuter train service was experiencing delays of more than an hour as of 6 p.m., with trains halted and SamTrans bus service supplementing service between the California Avenue and San Antonio Caltrain stations. The county bus service and BART were honoring Caltrain tickets for riders.

The train service resumed more than two hours later at just after 7:45 p.m.

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