Person struck, killed by train in Mansfield

By Kirsten Glavin

kglavin@abc6.com 

Police are investigating a fatal accident on Amtrak train tracks in Mansfield Thursday.

The accident shut down service on the Providence-Stoughton line in both directions, leaving commuters stranded for hours while crews were on scene investigating.

Five trains were delayed between Boston and Providence for about two hours.

At about 10:50 a.m. Thursday morning, Mansfield Police received a phone call from the MBTA, notifying them that a pedestrian had been struck on the train tracks right outside the Mansfield station, about 200 yards down the tracks.

People waiting at the commuter rail for the Providence-Stoughton line were informed of the accident after the train had run late, many leaving out of frustration.

"I noticed everybody cleared out of the station. They went and got their cars or got a cab and went somewhere else," said Bill Jobin, a commuter rail rider.

Not everyone had other means of transportation available, "I got to the Mansfield train station at about 11, and there was only one other person here.  A police officer came down and said that someone had been struck by the train, and it was going to be a while, but we didn't know how long it was going to be. So I've been waiting here for about an hour and a half now," said Nicholas Plotkin, another rider.

Others waited hours for a bus to come and shuttle them to other stations. The 189 passengers that were inside Train 190 that struck the pedestrian waited a few hours, unable to exit.

The first track opened back up at 12:40 p.m., and the second at 1:50 p.m.

Amtrak and Mansfield Police Detectives are leading the investigation. The identity of the victim has not been released.

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