Apr 16, 2011 3:00 PM
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - One person was killed after a Caltrain commuter train slammed into a car at a busy intersection in Palo Alto Friday evening.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that two people, believed to be a married couple visiting from Indiana, were stopped on the tracks in their Nissan Altima as a northbound train sped toward their car around 5 p.m.
The male, who was a passenger in the car, was able to escape before the train hit. The woman was declared dead at the scene. Their names have not been released.
Caltrain service was temporarily stopped after the crash, but resumed service around 7:46 p.m.
A Palo Alto woman, who lives about 200 yards from the scene of the crash, says she heard the impact of the train hitting the car.
Kate Mone says she heard a "thud, then metal on metal." She described the car as "completely smashed."
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