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Train Strikes and Kills Woman in Attleboro

The incident happened near the South Attleboro station.

A woman was killed Wednesday afternoon after being struck by an Amtrak Acela Express train near the South Attleboro station at 1315 Newport Ave. The Attleboro Police Department received a call about the incident at 1:08 p.m., Sgt. Arthur Brillon said.

Brillon said Attleboro police secured the scene, and MBTA Transit Police are taking the lead role in the investigation.

Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said the train was carrying 197 passengers and headed to Boston from Washington D.C. Nobody on the train was injured, he said.

Train service was immediately halted after the MBTA was notified about the incident, MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo wrote in an email to Attleboro Patch. Service resumed at 2:30 p.m. with some residual delays.

"It's unclear why she was on the Acela tracks," Pesaturo wrote. "Transit Police detectives are investigating."

An Acela Express train can travel up to 150 mph, according to Amtrak's website.

The woman's name has not been released.

mandiebrown January 03, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Hi has the womans name been relased yet
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I spoke with the MBTA. The woman's family has not been notified, so her name has not been released.
SCArundale January 04, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Any name, yet? If they are judging it to be a suicide then they must have had time to contact family
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 03:38 PM
The story in The Sun Chronicle this morning reported there is "only a tentative identification for the woman." The MBTA spokesman told me yesterday the family had not been notified. As soon as we find out a name, we will release it.
sara baati January 04, 2013 at 08:07 PM
She was a Brown medical student. Very very very extreemly brilliant, she was one of the top in her whole class so far. So I can understand why this 'investigation' is taking so long, am sure the parties involved all have a reputation to protect and want to avoid being sued. Because I am more than 100% sure there were cameras, or that someone, atleast one person saw something.
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 09:25 PM
The name has been released http://patch.com/A-0PXs

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