Two killed in South Bay Caltrain crashes

A woman was struck and killed this morning by an express Caltrain traveling south through the Santa Clara station likely at about 79 mph.

Preliminary reports did not reveal whether she was at a crosswalk. The express train does not stop at the Santa Clara Station and typically travels at about 79 mph, said Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn. The crash happened just before 6 a.m.

The train that struck her, southbound train No. 305, was taken out of service and passengers waited for the next one.

Two additional trains were canceled, Nos. 218 and 211, and all passengers can expect anywhere between 10- and 45-minute delays throughout the morning.

Caltrain has been using a single-track system and turning express trains into local ones, Dunn said.

Also this morning, a man was killed in San Jose after he drove his black pickup truck in front of a Caltrain train, a fire department spokesman said. The man, who had not been identified as of 8:45 a.m., was hit at about 8:30 a.m. at Auzerais Avenue, San Jose Fire Department Capt. Barry Stallard said.

A second driver was stopped at the Caltrain crossing at Auzerais Avenue waiting for a train to pass, Stallard said. The victim pulled around that driver and was hit as he crossed the tracks. The victim appeared to be between 35 and 45 years old and was dead by the time fire personnel arrived, Stallard said.

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