Person Struck and Killed By Train in Wareham
UPDATE: The man has been identified as Christopher Cater, 56, of Dorchester. Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz's office said Cater was fishing with a group of friends on the railroad bridge when, at about 2:19 p.m., a Mass Coastal Railroad trash train came over the bridge and struck Cater, sending him into the water below. Multiple people including the train conductor jumped in the water to try to rescue him. He was pulled from the water and pronounced dead at Tobey Hospital. Cruz reported that the train was traveling about 25 miles per hour and the engineer repeatedly sounded the horn, and that all crossing barriers were properly functioning.
WAREHAM (WBSM) — Authorities are on the scene of an incident in Wareham in which a person was reportedly struck by a train and killed.
The incident happened in the area of the railroad bridge that crosses the Wareham River in the area where Main Street and Sandwich Road intersect, and the tracks run parallel to Narrows Road.
Wareham Fire Department Assistant Chief Pat Haskell confirmed to WBSM that the person struck had been killed and pulled from the water.
According to the Southeastern Mass. Alerts Twitter account, scanner activity at around 2:26 p.m. this afternoon indicated “Wareham working train vs. pedestrian,” and that “also a person recovered from water.”
The town’s alert texting system sent out a text at 2:43 p.m. stating “The Narrows Bridge at the intersection of Sandwich Road and Main Street is temporarily closed due to an accident. Seek an alternate route.”
A photo provided to WBSM shows what appears to be a train stopped near the bridge in front of the Narrows Crossing restaurant.
The scene was later cleared.
We will update this story when more information becomes available.