Death on Caltrain tracks appears to be a suicide 

The death of a 24-yeara-old Sunnyvale man on the Caltrain tracks Monday night appeared to be a suicide.

At about 7:30 p.m., a southbound train struck and killed the man on the tracks at the Palo Alto station, according to the transit agency. A preliminary investigation indicated that the death was an intentional act, according to the agency.

Train service was disrupted for just more than an hour for passengers. The northbound tracks were completely closed until 8:25 p.m. and the southbound tracks reopened at 8:45 p.m. VTA and SamTrans buses were honoring Caltrain passes for riders stranded by the death on the tracks.

The train that struck the person was an express service, according to Caltrain. The train, which operates from San Francisco to Menlo Park was not scheduled to stop at the Palo Alto station.

Although the agency did not say how fast the train involved was going, Caltrain is authorized to operate at up to 79 mph.

This is the fourth death on Caltrain tracks this year, according to the agency. There were 11 deaths on the Caltrain tracks last year, with nine of those determined as suicides. The other two deaths are still pending investigation.

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