An article out this morning in The Gloucester Times reported that an unidentified man was hit and killed by an MBTA commuter train last night just before 7:30pm as the train passed through Babson Reservoir in Gloucester, close to the Rockport line. Police were not able to identify the body last night but are hopeful that the man will be named today following an autopsy. If investigators in the crash determine that the accident was caused by train operator’s inattentiveness, the family of the killed victim could pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
Authorities investigating the case were at the scene of the accident for a few hours following the tragic discovery. Passengers on the train were shuttled by bus to Rockport and those who were waiting for later trains at the Gloucester station were also taken by bus directly to Rockport.
Nearly 4,100 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. in 2009, according to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The majority of these accidents involving pedestrians occurred in between the evening hours of 6:00pm and 8:59pm, with over 1,000 fatal accidents taking place within those hours over the course of the year. There were 48 pedestrian accident deaths in Massachusetts in 2009, and most of the pedestrian fatalities in Massachusetts happened between the hours of 6:00am and 8:59am in the morning, countering the national figures.
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