BOSTON — A man lost his balance and fell to his death after Transit police say he tried to board a moving Green Line trolly as it departed North Station early Tuesday morning.
The man, whose name hasn’t been released, “appeared to have missed boarding” as the trolly pulled away in the direction of Medford/Tufts station just after 12:15 a.m., according to the Transit Police Department. He then apparently tried to kick open a door before the fatal fall.
In a statement, Transit police said, “The male proceeded in the direction of the moving trolley and kicked the side thereof. At this point, the male lost his balance and fell under the trolley as it was in motion departing the station.”
Investigators noted that the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Boston 25 camera crew spotted several Transit police vehicles parked outside the station in an area where Orange and Green line platforms are located.
“The entire MBTA organization we express our most sincere condolences to family, friends, and loved ones of the decedent,” the T added.
The fatal fall happened shortly after the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat wrapped up Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden.
“That is very scary. When I have my kids out here I make sure they are behind the yellow line,” said a rider.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu is eager to get more details from investigators but she is expecting the MBTA to determine if there were any preventative measures that could have been in place.
“It’s just unacceptable any time there is any kind of injury,” said Wu. “There have just been far too many incidents where we are looking back and asking how could this have possibly happened.”
The MBTA would not tell us what procedures they use specifically to make sure nobody comes into contact with trolleys and trains as they come and go at stations. “I feel like at certain stops there’s a lack of MBTA workers,” said a rider. “I think they should add a couple of more people on to keep an eye on that kind of thing. Stop it before it happens,” said another rider.
Transit Police did not release the victim’s identity.
There were no additional details immediately available.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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