Person Struck By Train Near Jefferson Avenue Overpass

The commuter rail is currently experiencing delays over 60 minutes.

A person was hit by a train just after 10 p.m. Thursday night, according to reports.

The Salem Fire Department reported it was responding to the area near the Jefferson Avenue overpass on the SFD Facebook page.

Scanner reports indicating emergency personnel were accessing the tracks by Ocean Avenue and Broadway.

The victim was a 20-year-old man with very serious injuries, according to scanner reports.

With the assistance of Atlantic Ambulance, the Salem Fire department reported it "packaged [the] patient on board and carried him in the stokes basket off the tracks to an awaiting ambulance on Broadway. Firefighters also safely evacuated approx. 150 passengers from the commuter rail train to awaiting MBTA buses at the Canal St. gate near Sidelines."

On Twitter a passenger said he evacuating the train with other riders and busses were arriving on scene.

Salem resident Seth Mascolo was on the 10:40 outbound train and was held up in Swampscott.

"These incidents seem to be happening more and more frequently, and something needs to happen to fix it," he wrote to Patch. "Either build bigger walls, or go slower. A person's life is not as important as time."

sharon October 19, 2012 at 10:39 AM
What don't people understand. Stay off the railroad tracks or get hit by a train ! Seriously, I think I learned that as a young child. People don't seem to use the brain the good lord gave them ! Sharon
Anon October 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I happen to know that these people were 'playing chicken' to see how close they could get to the train. The victim also had his shirt off at 10pm on a chilly night, which could indicate some sort of alcohol or drug use. This has nothing to do with walls or speed. It has to do with people not respecting the train tracks. No one thinks of the people who operate the train being impacted by someone being hit by their train.
jeff October 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM
@ Seth. It's always the trains fault when someone trespasses on the tracks, is that what I hear you saying? Lol. How about folks stay off the tracks!!! I bet that would resolve the situation real quick!
justin case October 19, 2012 at 03:24 PM
It is illegal to tresspass on RR tracks. These kids cut locks, cut fences, climb fences. Just how much can the T be expected to have to do before pefore personally accountability kicks in? Yes, they were playing chicken with the train, it was a terrible scene and his two friends are going to be carrying this the rest of their lives too. Tragic all around man.
Kerri Johnson October 19, 2012 at 03:29 PM
This tragedy is absolutely devastating, having said that, its beyond frustrating because it was 100% preventable.
justin case October 19, 2012 at 03:30 PM
@ Seth...something needs to be done to fix it? I'd like to assume you are younger and just don't get it. Only so much can be done or even should be done to protect people from themselves. The ocean is deadly cold in the winter, you don't go jumping into it right? Why not? Sometimes in life doing stupid things is just Russian Roullette, sometimes the hammer falls on a loaded chamber. I don't think society owes anyone total protection from their own behavior. This is very sobering and tragic but not all that unexpected. If a lesson came out of things like this it would be meaningful, but it doesn't.
Wendy October 19, 2012 at 03:33 PM
A death or injury is always tragic but If you have to climb over a 10 foot fence to get in the first hint should be that you are not supposed to be there. The MBTA is not responsible for people playing on the tracks. They put up barriers and notices. You are responsible for your own actions and need to be held accountable for such.
fred dalton October 19, 2012 at 04:15 PM
it was my best firend i cant believe he is dead
Billie McGregor October 19, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I am so sorry for the loss of your friend, Fred...but I hope this serves as a lesson to you and all younger folks that this type of dangerous, thrill seeking behavior often ends in the loss of a life that is dear to so many people. It also has a tragic impact on the innocent train personnel and passengers. And, there was no reason for it - had common sense prevailed.
Sam copans October 19, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Rest in Peace Jersey I love you bro this is going to haunt all of us but i want you to save me a seat up there
Lauren S October 19, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Please remember a very young man has passed and many friends/family are left behind in gut wrenching pain. Stop commenting like it is JUST a movie/story!
justin case October 19, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Were you one of the kids with him Fred? Terrible, terrible scene.
Nick Dalfonzo October 19, 2012 at 07:05 PM
fred he was my friend too remember and even though it was his dumbass that did this my heart sank when taylor told me he was a good kid and i will miss him dearly
Matt Hurst October 19, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I truly feel for the family over their loss. However, the area is clearly blocked to people crossing over the tracks. I see this time and time again at the Salem Depot where people climb the fence to get home (the complex that abuts the station). However, the MBTA is not accountable for the stupidity of its riders and/or those people who take unnecessary risks. I would say uninformed... But it is pure folly to try to out race a train and or crossing the tracks. I am sure alcohol was involved nobody is that ignorant. If so, then well we know what the end result was for this young man. Bad Train! Bad Train! It would be like blaming his parents for him being there. Again, sorry for the loss of life.
MyOpinion October 19, 2012 at 08:40 PM
R.I.P Dom, tell my son Hi for me. Watch over your Mom she is an Awesome lady


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