Fatal accident investigated at Mansfield train station

The investigation into the death of a man struck Wednesday by an Amtrak train at the MBTA’s Mansfield commuter rail station is continuing.

Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan said the 47-year-old man’s death was an accident and that he was struck by an Amtrak train near the station around 3 p.m. Wednesday. He said the man’s name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Service from the Mansfield station, which had been closed since the accident, was scheduled to resume at 4 p.m. Thursday, MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said.


Sullivan said the train was Boston-bound and that the man was trying to get across the tracks when struck. His death was an accident, Sullivan said.

Get Metro Headlines in your inbox:
The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

Amtrak spokesman Mike Tolbert said the man was struck by a Northeast regional train traveling faster than 100 miles per hour.

“No one was authorized to be on the tracks at that time,’’ Tolbert said.

He said Amtrak trains, including Acela, are permitted to travel at maximum speeds through the Mansfield station. Acela can speed through at 150 miles per hour, Tolbert said.

Amtrak trains ran at reduced speeds through the Mansfield station Thursday at the request of Transit Police, he said.

Globe correspondent Mina Corpuz contributed to this report. John R. Ellement can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.