‘Tragic loss’: High school student struck, killed by commuter rail train in Whitman

WHITMAN, Mass. — A high school student was struck and killed by a commuter rail train in Whitman on Tuesday night, officials announced Wednesday.

Emergency crews responding to a report of a train crash at the MBTA Whitman Station around 8:30 p.m. learned a pedestrian had been fatally struck by a southbound train, according to Whitman Police Chief Timothy Hanlon and Fire Chief Timothy Clancy.

The victim was identified as a Whitman-Hanson Regional High School student. Her name wasn’t made public out of respect to her family.

“We are all tremendously saddened to hear of this tragic loss. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of this student and all those who knew them,” Superintendent Jeffrey Szymaniak said in a statement. “We also extend our condolences to our friends at East Bridgewater High School, who were also affected by this tragedy.”

Szymaniak noted that grief counselors are available and will remain available in the coming weeks to assist students and staff as the district mourns.

Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Plymouth District Attorney’s Office and MBTA Transit Police are investigating the crash.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

Download the FREE Boston 25 News app for breaking news alerts.

Follow Boston 25 News on Facebook and Twitter. | Watch Boston 25 News NOW