GLOUCESTER, Mass. - A man was hit and killed by an MBTA Commuter Rail train in Gloucester Thursday morning, according to the transit agency.
The MBTA warned that riders on the Rockport Line would experience "significant delays" in both directions throughout the morning Thursday due to police activity on the tracks in Gloucester.
Rockport Line passengers can expect significant delays in both directions due to police activity on the right of way near the Gloucester area. Individual alerts will be sent out on an individual basis as needed. Updates to follow.— MBTA Commuter Rail (@MBTA_CR) August 22, 2019
Transit police said a man whose age has not yet been determined died after he was hit by an inbound train "while trespassing on the right of way" on the Gloucester branch of the Rockport line. No foul play is suspected, police said, and the incident remains under investigation, according to a news release.
Shuttle buses replaced service between Rockport and West Gloucester..
Rockport Trains 102 (5:48 am from Rockport) and 104 (6:30 am from Rockport) are cancelled today due to a severe service disruption at Gloucester preventing the movement of trains. Shuttle buses will provide travel between Rockport and West Gloucester.— MBTA Commuter Rail (@MBTA_CR) August 22, 2019
The incident affected service on other commuter rail lines too, including the Fitchburg line.
Fitchburg Train 492 (7:55 am from Littleton/Rte 495) is cancelled today due to Rockport Line disruptions. Passengers may consider Train 408 (7:46 am departing Littleton), making all local stops inbound or Train 410 (8:46 am departing Littleton).— MBTA Commuter Rail (@MBTA_CR) August 22, 2019
Haverhill, Lowell and Fitchburg passengers may experience delays in both directions due to major disruptions on the Rockport/Newburyport line caused by police activity near Gloucester. Individual alerts will be sent as needed. Thank you for your patience.— MBTA Commuter Rail (@MBTA_CR) August 22, 2019
The MBTA said service on the Rockport Line would resume with train 112 out of Rockport, which is scheduled to depart for North Station at 11 a.m.
Rockport Line service is resuming through Gloucester upon the conclusion of a transit police investigation in the right of way. Train 105 will be the last to operate as a shuttle from West Gloucester and Train 112 the first through service from Rockport.— MBTA Commuter Rail (@MBTA_CR) August 22, 2019
This is the second time this week a person has died after being hit by a commuter rail train. A 21-year-old man died Monday after transit police said he trespassed on the tracks in Belmont and was hit by a Fitchburg line train.
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