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Pedestrian hit by passenger train; Man attended to by nurse riding train, then taken to hospital.

Byline: Jacqueline Reis; Mike Elfland

WORCESTER - A 55-year-old Millbury man was in serious condition last night after being struck by a commuter train yesterday afternoon on tracks near 61 Frank St.

A registered nurse who was a passenger on the train worked on the man until Worcester EMS arrived, according to Worcester police spokesman Sgt. Kerry F. Hazelhurst. When police arrived, they found a commuter train stopped on the tracks, and the engineer took them to where the nurse was helping the victim.

The man, whose name has not released by police, appeared to have suffered head, chest and leg injuries and was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus.

The train engineer told police that the train was going 40 mph when it rounded a bend and he saw a man sitting on the tracks. The man didn't move, so the engineer used his emergency brakes. The train did not stop in time, and it hit the man about 4:15 p.m.

The train was a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail train that left Boston at 2:40 p.m. No one on board was injured. Worcester police detectives and officials from CSX and the MBTA are investigating.

Other passengers remained onboard until an MBTA bus arrived to take them away from the scene, according to Lydia Rivera, an MBTA spokeswoman.

The incident occurred adjacent to Eastview Apartments and a National Grid power station on Frank Street, which is off of Belmont Street (Route 9) between Plantation Street and Lake Avenue.

When fire crews arrived and learned of the victim's location, they cut a section of chain-link fence that borders the apartment complex to bring the man out to a waiting ambulance. By 7 p.m., investigators had cleared the scene, and the fence had been patched up.

Eastview residents said no one from their complex ever goes on the tracks because the high fence blocks their access, but a section of the fence is bent down to the ground at the far end of the parking lot.

Yesterday's accident was the third in less than a month involving a train and a pedestrian.

Michael Sclamo Jr., 19, of Southbridge, was struck and killed by a train on the tracks near Cambridge Street Aug. 2. Police said he and two friends had been spray-painting graffiti on an abandoned building along the tracks when he was struck by the Amtrak train behind the Price Chopper supermarket on Cambridge Street.

On July 14, a 14-year-old Worcester girl lost a leg when she was struck by a train near Stafford Street. Police said the girl, Jackee Banfill, and another teenager were trying to hop onto a slow-moving train when the train jolted forward. The sudden movement cause Jackee to slip and her leg fell under the moving train. She has undergone several surgeries and was recently moved out of the intensive care unit, according to a relative.

ART: PHOTOS; MAP

CUTLINE: (1) Worcester rescue workers take a man who was hit by a train to an ambulance behind the Eastview Apartments on Frank Street yesterday afternoon. (2) An MBTA transit officer investigates the site where a man was hit by a train yesterday afternoon. (MAP) Man hit by commuter train

PHOTOG: (PHOTOS) T&G Staff Photos/STEVE LANAVA (MAP) T&G Staff/STACEY ARSENAULT
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Date:Aug 13, 2010
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