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Person struck and killed by Amtrak Acela train on tracks near Sharon; commuter rail service significantly delayed

An Amtrak Acela train from Washington to Boston struck and killed a person on the tracks in Foxborough about 10 miles from Route 128 late this afternoon, causing lengthy delays in the evening commute.

The accident occurred at approximately 4:45 p.m., Amtrak spokeswoman Danelle Hunter said. She said none of the 192 passengers aboard Train 2160 were injured.

Commuter rail service on the Providence/Stoughton line, which uses the same tracks as Amtrak from Providence to Boston, was backed up significantly after the incident.

Scott Farmelant, a commuter rail spokesman, said in an e-mail that some evening commuter rail trains were delayed between 30 minutes and approximately one hour. The 5:10 p.m. inbound train to Boston from Providence was cancelled, the MBTA said in an alert at 4:44 PM.

The MBTA sent 10 buses to shuttle passengers between the Mansfield and Sharon stations, Farmelant said.

Hunter said service was temporarily suspended in the area, but the passengers were expected to stay on the Acela train as police investigated. Amtrak said in a statement that Amtrak Police and local police were on the scene last night. The company did not offer an estimation for how long it would take to restore service.

Acela trains travel at speeds up to 150 miles per hour, according to Amtrak’s website, but Hunter did not know how fast the train was traveling last night. No further information was immediately available.

Source:  boston.com