Thursday, October 27, 2011

Man Killed by MBTA Commuter Train in Acton MA

A man was struck and killed by a commuter rail train tonight near a station in Acton, a transit official said.

Lydia Rivera, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, said in an email that an unidentified white man was struck at about 6:45 p.m. by MBTA train #431, which was heading outbound from North Station on the Fitchburg commuter rail line.

She said the victim was struck about 1 and 1/2 miles north of the South Acton station, and about 50 passengers were later evacuated from the train.

She said five to seven shuttle buses were called to take passengers to the remaining outbound stops on the line.

Rivera would only say that Transit police were investigating when asked if the man’s death appeared to be a suicide or at all suspicious. She said authorities were investigating how the man got onto the tracks.

Rivera said outbound trains were running on schedule to the Ayer station tonight, where buses were carrying riders to the remaining outbound stops.

Further information was not immediately available.

SOURCE:Person struck and killed by train in Acton

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