Massachusetts Looks To Reverse Spike In Deaths By Train

Nov 3, 2017

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A woman was struck and killed by a commuter rail train at a station southwest of Boston Friday. Massachusetts officials are looking into how to prevent such deaths. 

Since the first of July, 12 people have been struck and killed by MBTA trains.   There were 22 deaths during the 12 months that ended June 30th – twice the number from the previous year.  Many of the deaths appear to be suicides.

Gov. Charlie Baker said last month the state is seeking federal help and advice from transit operators in other states.

" This is obviously something that is a concern for us  and I know it is a concern to folks in other parts of the country as well," Baker said.

The federal government for the last decade has tried to reduce the number of railway suicides through a public awareness campaign and better tracking of data.