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May 7, 2013

City man dead after being hit by MBTA train

A Gloucester man has been pronounced dead after being struck by an Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail train on the tracks between Grove Street and the Gloucester Avenue overpass.

The inbound train, which initially had been scheduled to reach Gloucester’s Railroad Avenue at 2:08 p.m., was not on the scene, witnesses said, but Gloucester Police, the Fire Department’s Rescue Squad were all at the site, and investigators from the MBTA have arrived on the scene. The incident occurred sometime around 2:20 p.m.

An MBTA spokeswoman said the passengers on the train were being bused between Gloucester station and Rockport. She added that other trains and passengers should expect delays of some 30 minutes while the investigation continues.

Police Chief Leonard Campanello said authorities have identified the man, but were not releasing the man’s name, pending notification of his family as of 3 p.m.

We will update this story here at gloucestertimes.com as more information becomes available. For full story, look to tomorrow’s print and online editions of the Gloucester Daily Times and gloucestertimes.com.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at mnesin@gloucestertimes.com.

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