Metro

Blue Line train hits man at Orient Heights

A man was hit and injured by a Blue Line train on the tracks at Orient Heights station Thursday afternoon, MBTA Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan said.

“We had a person trespassing on the right of way” at the station when he was struck by a train before 3 p.m., Sullivan said.

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The man “sustained non-life-threatening injuries” and was transported to a nearby hospital, Sullivan said.

Trains were delayed and shuttle buses briefly replaced the rail service between Maverick and Suffolk Downs stations on the Blue Line following the incident. The Orient Heights station reopened and regularly scheduled service had resumed by 3:45 p.m., Sullivan said.

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The situation was first reported around 2:46 p.m., when the MBTA said it was experiencing “severe” Blue Line delays because of a “medical emergency.” The transportation authority announced that service was suspended around 3:13 p.m.

The incident is “under investigation,” MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in an e-mail. No further information was made available.

Ben Thompson can be reached at ben.thompson@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Globe_Thompson.
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