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Train strikes man in Palo Alto

Original post made on Feb 19, 2013

A 22-year-old Palo Alto man was struck and killed by a Union Pacific Railroad Co. freight train Monday night north of Churchill Avenue, a Caltrain spokeswoman has said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 18, 2013, 11:59 PM

Comments (14)

Posted by Enough is enough, a resident of another community
on Feb 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I'm getting very frustrated reading article after article about how many people die (probably taking their own lives) on the train tracks around here. It's time to put some safety and security measures in place to prevent this.


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Enough:

short of posting guards at every grade crossing what would you suggest?


Posted by Enough is enough, a resident of another community
on Feb 19, 2013 at 4:46 pm

How about motion detectors that will warn the operator if someone is on the tracks from a distance sufficient to stop, and automatic barriers when the train is approaching?


Posted by Srini, a resident of another community
on Feb 19, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Really Enough? You want automatic barriers for every inch the entire 50-60 miles of track that pop up as the train approaches? To accomplish what you suggest, that is what it would take. That would probably cost more than the high speed rail. Also, people who get killed like this either jump in front of the train at the last minute, or recklessly cross against the signal. What "early warning system" do you suggest would stop those trains fast enough? You have an appropriate moniker. You have truly posted "enough".


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 19, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Enough:

do you you have any idea how long it takes to stop a train moving at 60 to 70 mph? As Srini notes, you would need sensors along every inch of the Caltrain tracks. Not to mention that if you had a system like that it would slow the trains to a crawl. No point in even having Caltrain then. Of course, then we could get rid of bridges, carbon monoxide and how many other ways people use to kill themselves, couldn't we?


Posted by N/A, a resident of another community
on Feb 20, 2013 at 7:44 am

While you people argue about the logistics of a costs and eliminating ways for people to commit suicide, some of us know this person. Your insensitivity towards peoples emotions on the matter are despicable. I commend those who are trying to give some positive feedback. this is not the approrpiate place to be disputing this.


Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 20, 2013 at 9:04 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

" this is not the approrpiate place to be disputing this."

Why not? The individual involved is not even named in the lead article.

The Town Square is meant to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion.

If not here then where?


Posted by AJ, a resident of another community
on Feb 20, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Peter,

It's pretty simple, go find people to talk about it. Start your own thread. This is a person that meant something to people. Chill out about your own personal issues with train systems.


Posted by n/a, a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2013 at 12:03 am

Peter,

The individual's name was Samir Mathur. He was a graduate of Saratoga High School class of 2008 where we wrestled for the Falcons. From there he went to UCSD and was a recent graduate graduating in 2012...I personally knew him and am very shocked and saddened to find out about Samir...he was one who always had a bright smile on his face and one who you could always share a laugh with.

Your complete disregard for a human beings' life has inflicted immeasurable amounts of pain to the people who were lucky enough to share Samir's life with him.

I know nothing of this website but stumbled upon it during my search for more information of my friend's death. I know that for the people that knew not of this individual, they couldn't care less. But for crying out loud it's been 3 or 4 days since his death. You can't even wait for his friends and family to find out about his death before you start talking politics and policy?

Too soon? Yeah I'd say its too soon. Samir had his whole life ahead of him with a loving network of friends and family and a fresh degree from UCSD about to take on the world and all you care about is this bull.


Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 22, 2013 at 7:09 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

"Your complete disregard for a human beings' life "

The individual involved in this incident was NOT named in the above article. The above posters are addressing a critical issue - how can such tragedies be prevented in the future. Rather than disregarding human life these posters are trying to preserve human lives.

AJ and n/a would instead have us turn a blind eye to this incident and thereby do NOTHING to prevent it from happening again. That is true disregard for human life.

For those who wish to celebrate the life that was lost please take the 10 seconds required to start a New Topic on that subject.


Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 22, 2013 at 8:16 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

a different perspective on this same incident from the Palo Alto Weekly Forum:

Posted by vwflat4driver, a resident of Stanford, on Feb 20, 2013 at 5:05 pm
vwflat4driver is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online

The victims of this incident are not properly told in this article. The victims are the people who had to clean up this mess. The train crews that had to witness the incident. The same crew that are required by there own operating rules to find the body after impact. The police and coroner. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] This happened 400 foot past the stanford train passenger platform and i'll remember it for the rest of my life!


Posted by anon, a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2013 at 10:08 am

Samir you will be truly missed. I will always remember your laugh and infectious smile. My thoughts are with you and your loved ones.


Posted by This story is completely inappropriate, a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm

The fact that this was even published speaks to the decrepit nature of the reporter who found this to be a news-worthy story. Instead of reporting on real issues that are applicable to the community as a whole, you opt to publish a story that affects nobody and only adds more grief to the family of the deceased and to the memory of Samir. This is a classic example of sensationalist media that is blinded by a desire for readership without any moral compass. Start reporting real news and stop reporting microcosmic stories that only add to the pain and suffering to those who actually knew this person.


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 4, 2013 at 7:25 pm

This:

it's called the First Amendment. You might want to read it.


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