A man riding a bicycle was struck and killed by a commuter rail train in Somerville around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, according to MBTA Transit Police.
The victim, who is believed to be between the ages of 25 and 30, was crossing a portion of the tracks that intersect Park Street near Prospect Hill when he was hit by an oncoming Fitchburg Line train, transit police said.
The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, spokeswoman for the City of Somerville Jackie Rossetti said.
Crossing gates were fully functioning and had been dropped in preparation for the train’s approach, transit police said in a statement.
JT Hargrove, co-owner of Somervelo, a bicycle shop a few blocks from where the cyclist was hit, said bicyclists should be aware of the dangers of train crossings.
“People think they can shoot the hole and they can’t,” Hargrove said. “I don’t know what the city or the bicycle committee could do to stop someone, of their own free will, from doing something like that.”
Fitchburg Line service was stopped between Porter Square and North Station following the incident and inbound service and was severely delayed, according to the MBTA’s website.
Hargrove says that the cyclist’s death is a blow to the community.
“Obviously anytime anyone is killed it’s awful,” he said, “but it always hits home more and more when it’s a cyclist in the small community of cyclists that we have in Somerville.”Amanda Burke can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @charlie_acb. Reena Karasin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @reenakarasin.