Three Killed After Amtrak Train Strikes Truck on Tracks
Amtrak service was delayed Monday morning after three people in a truck were hit and killed by a train traveling toward Boston around midnight.
According MBTA Transit Police officials, an eastbound Amtrak train traveling from Washington D.C., struck an SUV that was on the right of way in Mansfield early Monday morning, causing part of the Amtrak train to derail from the tracks.
Officers said a preliminary investigation indicated there were two people in the vehicle at the time of the accident, and both were killed. They later updated the details of their investigation and said a third victim was located. Officials are not sure why the truck was on the right of way.
Amtrak shutdown service to and from Boston at South Station, Back Bay Station, and Route 128 Station for the first several trains Monday morning, due to the “temporary track closure” south of Route 128 Station, according to the transit company’s website.
There were around 200 passengers and crew members on the train at the time of the collision, but nobody on board was hurt, officials said.
Investigators worked through the morning on what was described by Mansfield officers as “a very large” crime scene. The incident is being investigated by Transit Police detectives, Mansfield Police, and State Police.
Just hours after the accident, Amtrak warned riders who utilize the regional train services between Providence and Boston that it would take several hours to remove the damages rail equipment and to make any needed repairs to the railroad property. By 7:30 a.m., service between Rhode Island and Massachusetts was restored.