Man struck, killed by Amtrak train

Accident was by Hyde Park stop

By Taylor M. Miles and Travis Andersen
Globe Correspondent | Globe Staff / August 5, 2011

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An Amtrak Acela train with more than 100 passengers on board heading from Washington, D.C., to South Station last night struck and killed a man near Hyde Park Station.

The victim, a male in his late 20s, was seen lying on the tracks by the Hyde Park inbound stop with a white blanket covering him late last night. Authorities did not identify the man last night.

There were 116 passengers on board the train and no reported injuries to the passengers or crew, said Danelle Hunter, an Amtrak spokeswoman.

Transit Police Sergeant Kenneth Green said the train attempted to come to a stop before striking the man, but continued on before it was able to stop about a mile farther up the inbound track toward Forest Hills Station.

It was not immediately known how fast the train was traveling at the time of the accident, but Green said it was moving at a high rate of speed.

Green said the victim was with two friends, but the circumstances of his death are under investigation. He said the death does not appear to be suspicious.

According to Green, a rescue train was in route from South Station late last night to pick up the passengers. The main-line train that runs through Hyde Park also experienced delays, and the rescue train was set to collect passengers from that MBTA train, according to Transit Police Lieutenant Steve Douglas.

Angela Blomquist, 31, who lives near the station stop, said she talked to a man in his 20s shortly after the incident who said the victim was his friend. She said the man did not indicate how his friend ended up on the tracks.

“It’s just sad to see someone die on the tracks like that,’’ Blomquist said. “. . . I feel bad for the family.’’

Green said Boston police homicide detectives responded to the scene, as they do in all cases of a death on the tracks. Boston police also responded.

Acela trains travel at speeds up to 150 miles per hour, according to Amtrak’s website.

Globe correspondent Derek Anderson contributed to this report.