Breaking: Man Hit, Killed By Commuter Rail Train At Brighton Street

Photo: Commuter trains along the Fitchburg line at Belmont’s Brighton Street intersection.

An unidentified 21-year-old man was killed early Monday morning, Aug. 19, when he was hit by a commuter rail train as he attempted to cross the tracks at Brighton Street, according to Transit Police. It is unknown which hospital Belmont EMT took the man.

The incident occurred at 6:16 a.m., according to public safety officials at the scene. The Number 400 train, the first of the day inbound to Boston, is scheduled at the Belmont station at 6:13 a.m.

A dozen officials from the MBTA, Transit, Belmont and State Police, as well as Keolis Commuter Services which runs the commuter rail system for the MBTA, were at the scene collecting evidence. Just before 9 a.m., officials examined then took a bike away – along with a helmet and a carrying case – that was leaning up against a signpost.

The accident occurred on the MBTA right of way, which is under the control of Transit Police.

Today marks the fourth time in a little more than a decade a serious accident occurred at the Brighton Street crossing. A man was killed by a train in February 2009 and a woman seriously injured after her vehicle was caught between the gates in December 2016. In March 2018, a man in his 60s suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit late at night.

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Comments

  1. Jonathan says

    This is extremely sad, as it seems the young man may have done this intentionally. Note where his bike and helmet were found. I don’t think there’s any need to blame MBTA at this point.

  2. Mike Stubblefield says

    There’s no reason for those train to be traveling that fast
    Through those intersections.
    The bell is not loud enough and the train doesn’t use the horn for warning that it’s coming. I got hit in a tow truck with my BEACONS on. Trying to help a vehicle broken down next to the tracks.
    Medford, Melrose all go at a slower rate and have a Worker at the tracks making shure nobody is on them.
    Too many accidents on those tracks.
    And u have a lot of traffic on that roadway especially when the High school gets out.

  3. Ottavio Forte says

    The underpass at the Center was built around 1907, when there was less traffic and activity. Is it time for another underpass at Brighton Street?

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