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Whitman high school student struck and killed by commuter rail train

A 45-year-old man was also killed by a train traveling from Wilmington to Billerica

Two people were fatally struck by commuter rail trains in Billerica and Whitman on Tuesday night, authorities said.

At around 8:30 p.m., a Whitman-Hanson Regional High School student was hit by an outbound train about 1,000 yards south of Whitman station, according to Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan. She was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

Earlier, a 45-year-old Billerica man was struck and killed by a train traveling from Wilmington Station to North Billerica Station at 8:23 p.m., said Meghan Kelley, spokesperson for the Middlesex district attorney’s office.

No foul play is suspected, Kelley said, and the crash remains under investigation.


The Whitman-Hanson Regional School District issued a statement Wednesday morning following the student’s death. Grief counselors will be available to students and staff, officials said.

“We are all tremendously saddened to hear of this tragic loss,” Superintendent Jeffrey Szymaniak said. “Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of this student and all those who knew them.”

Transit Police and the Plymouth District Attorney’s Office are investigating, Sullivan said.

“On behalf of the entire MBTA organization, we express our most sincere condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of the decedent,” Sullivan said.

One inbound train was terminated at Hanson station after the fatality and passengers experienced delays on the Kingston Line, officials said.

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