Second Caltrain death of 2007 

dman-HallStaff Writer

The person struck and killed by a southbound train Wednesday evening was the second fatality on Caltrain tracks in 2007 — the first in San Francisco — after a near-record 17 last year.

The train struck and killed the victim just south of the 22nd Street station at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Caltrain spokesman Jonah Weinberg said the victim was hit on a below-ground track, only accessible after climbing around fencing and "trudging through underbrush."

"This was apparently a trespasser incident. It was in an area with no streets nearby," Weinberg said.

"This was clearly someone who was in a place they really shouldn’t have been."

By Thursday afternoon, the victim had been identified but the name was not being released until next of kin could be contacted.

The fatality comes less than three weeks after a Belmont man was found dead on the tracks in San Carlos on Jan. 6. After at least seven suicides on Caltrain tracks in 2006, Weinberg said the agency began addressing suicide prevention and track security to physically and emotionally keep people off the tracks.

Caltrain has set aside $1.5 million in its annual budget to improve fencing along the Peninsula and is working on installing crossing arms at sidewalks to discourage pedestrians from crossing in front of trains. They also began posting suicide hot line numbers in train stations and trained transit police to deal with mental health issues.

Last year’s 17 deaths tied for the second-highest with 2000, three shy of the record set in 1995.

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