New Details: Pedestrian struck and killed by a train in Wareham

David Curran/Satellite News Service/CWN

WAREHAM – A pedestrian was reportedly struck and killed by a train in Wareham sometime after 2 PM Thursday. The incident happened on the Narrows Bridge. The impact sent the victim into the water below and at least one person from the train crew jumped in to try to rescue the victim. The victim, who was reportedly fishing from the bridge, was rushed to nearby Tobey Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Sandwich Road (Route 6) coming into from the Cape into Wareham was closed because the train was stopped across the road. State Police Detectives assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’ office responded to the scene. The train remained in its location until the investigation was complete. The train was operated by Mass Coastal Railroad and was believed to be carrying trash. Later in the afternoon, the train was able to be moved and Route 6 reopened.

Update: Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz, Wareham Police Chief Walter W. Correia and Wareham Fire Chief John Kelley announce that at approximately 2:19 PM Thursday, Christopher Cater 56, of Dorchester was fishing along the Mass Coastal Railroad tracks adjacent to Route 6 and Route 28 in Wareham.

As a Mass Coastal Railroad trash train proceeded over the Narrows Crossing railroad bridge, Cater was struck. As a result of the collision, he was pushed into the waterway below the bridge. The victim was pulled from the water by first responders and transported to Tobey Hospital.

Cater was pronounced dead at the hospital. The trail engineer and conductor remained on scene. The trail was moving at approximately 25 MPH at the time of impact.

All crossing barriers were properly functioning. The horn was also sounded repeatedly as it traveled by the victim.
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