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Man dies on train tracks

 | Published on 1/18/2011


A 39-year-old San Francisco man apparently killed himself on the Caltrain tracks in Burlingame Monday morning, delaying trips up to 90 minutes and marking the rail line’s second fatality this year.

The San Mateo County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Rafael Guadalupe Lorovico of San Francisco.

He was hit by northbound train No. 305 at about 6:20 a.m. roughly 30 feet north of the Oak Grove Avenue pedestrian crossing, said Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and the incident is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Office Transit Police Bureau as a suicide.

No passengers or crew were injured but the incident stopped trains in both directions before beginning again on single tracks through the area. Tracks in both directions re-opened at normal speed at approximately 8:25 a.m.

Riders saw 30 to 90 minute delays although the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Train was able to leave San Jose’s Diridion Station at 9:30 a.m. as scheduled.

The man’s death is the second on Caltrain tracks this year. On Jan. 6, a 19-year-old Palo Alto man was killed in Palo Alto north of the California Avenue station. His death also investigated as an intentional act. 

In 2010, 11 people died and 19 died the previous year.