Cyclist Killed When Struck By Commuter Rail In Somerville

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 29

I rode past this scene yesterday and was not aware of what had happened, only that a lot of police were there, and the road was blocked off. Very sad, my heart goes out to his friends and family.

A man riding a bicycle was struck and killed by a commuter rail train in Somerville around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, according to MBTA Transit Police.

The victim, who is believed to be between the ages of 25 and 30, was crossing a portion of the tracks that intersect Park Street near Prospect Hill when he was hit by an oncoming Fitchburg Line train, transit police said.

The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, spokeswoman for the City of Somerville Jackie Rossetti said.

Crossing gates were fully functioning and had been dropped in preparation for the train’s approach, transit police said in a statement.(via)

We may never know why he thought he could beat the train, or why he didn’t pay attention to the safety guards, but its still tragic when someone loses their life unnecessarily. People become blind to safety systems, and sometimes think they are faster than they are, or perhaps he was suicidal.

At a time like the main thing to remember is that this was a human life, and it was valuable, and it is gone now.

When its all over, we need to take a hard look at this intersection to make sure nothing further can be done to discourage people from doing what this poor young man did.

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4 Responses to “Cyclist Killed When Struck By Commuter Rail In Somerville”

  1. By Greg on Aug 30, 2016 | Reply

    It’s a tragic loss of a young life but it’s a bit absurd to suggest that money needs to be spent to discourage people from ignoring and proceeding around railroad crossing gates in the down position which is universally understood to mean that a train is approaching.

  2. By DKB on Sep 1, 2016 | Reply

    I saw no suggestion that money needs to be spent on anything, only the statement that we should be sure that nothing more could be done.

  3. By Gatesfinest on Sep 14, 2016 | Reply

    You should mind your business with your suicidal comment…just make sure your watching over your shoulder

  4. By mplo on Oct 8, 2016 | Reply

    Sorry to hear that the cyclist was struck and killed instantly by a commuter rail train. Ignoring and going around the train-track gates and crossing the railroad tracks while they’re coming down in order to let a train go through, however, is dangerous, and could kill or permanently maim a person who decided to do that.

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