Person dies after being struck by Amtrak train in Sharon

An Amtrak train on the tracks in Massachusetts. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
An Amtrak train on the tracks in Massachusetts. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

An unidentified pedestrian, who was struck by an Amtrak train on Wednesday, has died, authorities confirmed.

A statement released by Amtrak on Thursday said a person on the tracks "came into contact" with a train that was traveling from Boston to Washington, D.C. The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon.

The train was carrying 175 people on board, none of whom were injured, according to the company.

In a post on social media, Sharon police indicated that the person was struck at the MBTA station in Sharon.

Norfolk Assistant District Attorney Michael Connolly said investigators don't suspect any foul play after reviewing video of the incident. Authorities have not released the name of the person who died.

Amtrak said it is working with local law enforcement and the Massachusetts State Police to investigate what happened.

According to federal data, six train fatalities occurred in Massachusetts this year through April, the most recent available date. The Federal Railroad Administration tracks deaths ruled suicides separately and has reported two this year through April.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify that federal railroad officials track fatalities and suicides separately. If you or someone you know is in mental health crisis, you can call or text the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988. Service members and veterans can press extension 1.  

This article was originally published on July 21, 2023.


Andrea Perdomo-Hernandez Transportation Reporter
Andrea Perdomo-Hernandez is a transportation reporter for WBUR.


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