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Man hit by Commuter Rail train in Ayer suffers life-threatening injuries

Police emergency lights with warning text close up display
Police emergency lights with warning text close up display

AYER — A man suffered life-threatening injuries when he was struck by a Commuter Rail train at Depot Square Wednesday afternoon, according to the Ayer Police Department and MBTA Transit Police.

The man was struck by an outbound train on the Fitchburg line while trespassing in the right of way, Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan said in an emailed statement. The man was later transported to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington by medical helicopter for emergency treatment, according to Ayer Police Chief Brian Gill.

The Ayer Police and Fire departments responded with the Transit Police to the report of a man struck by a train at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, according to Gill. The victim was found “approximately 100 feet east of the end of the train platform,” Ayer Police said in a Facebook post. According to Gill, there were no other injuries.

In his email, Sullivan said Transit Police are “investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident,” though foul play is not suspected.

Sullivan also said it was his “understanding” that the victim is receiving care. The man’s status, beyond that, is unknown.

Service on the Fitchburg line had been shut down as authorities investigated the incident. It was restored by 7:09 p.m., according to the MBTA’s commuter rail Twitter account.

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