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Teen dies in Caltrain accident

A southbound Caltrain killed a 19-year-old Palo Alto man less than half a mile north of the California Avenue station at about 1:20 a.m. on Thursday. According to a statement from Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn, preliminary investigations suggest that it was an “intentional act,” as there is no vehicle or pedestrian crossing area at the accident site and fences surround the train tracks.

The man was former Berkeley resident Kyle Hodder-Hastorf, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

This marks the first Caltrain fatality in 2011. There were 11 deaths in 2010 and 19 in 2009. Although the victim was a resident of Palo Alto, he did not attend a Palo Alto high school, according to Caltrain.

No one else was injured and normal service will resume this morning.