A Boston University student was apparently struck and killed by an outbound MBTA commuter rail train near 25 Buick Street late Tuesday night. University officials have contacted the student’s family, but have not yet made his identity public, pending official disclosure of his name by the state Medical Examiner and MBTA Transit Police.
MBTA Transit Police report that officers responding to a call at 12:15 a.m. found the body of the 17-year-old male on the tracks of the Worcester line, under the Massachusetts Turnpike. Police say the student appeared to have been crossing the tracks when he was struck by the train. No foul play is suspected and there is no ongoing danger. The incident is being investigated by Transit Police detectives along with representatives of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.
“The University’s thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family,” says Kenneth Elmore, associate provost and dean of students. He asks that BU students reach out to their families as soon as possible to let them know that they are safe. Elmore (SED’87) says that counseling support is available for all students, faculty, and staff, on campus or abroad, and urges anyone seeking help to contact one of the following resources:
- Marsh Chapel chaplains can be reached at 617-353-3560.
- Behavioral Medicine providers at Student Health Services can be reached at 617-353-3569.
- Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP) counselors can be reached at 617-353-SARP (7277).
- Counseling is also available for faculty and staff through the Faculty & Staff Assistance Office, 617-353-5381.
- Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders is at 617-353-9610.
Leslie Aun, a spokesperson for Keolis Commuter Services. which operates the MBTA’s commuter rail service, told the Boston Globe that 38 passengers were on train #539 when the body was discovered west of Yawkey Station. Aun said the commuter rail train came to a halt around 11:40 p.m. and remained in place until about 2:38 a.m. with the passengers on board. Buses transported passengers on other trains.
BU Today will provide updates as they become available.