Quick-Acting Train Engineer Averts Tragedy When He Sees Woman on the Tracks

It was a close call but no one was hurt

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The quick action of an MBTA commuter rail engineer saved the life of a woman police say was suicidal.

According to Cohasset Police, a Greenbush line train was coming around a bend in their town just before 11 a.m. Tuesday when the engineer saw a woman lying on the tracks between the Pleasant and Pond street crossing. He immediately pulled the train into "emergency" mode and was able to stop before hitting her.



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The woman, who lives in Cohasset, told police she was trying to end her life. She was taken to the hospital.

“We are so grateful that the MBTA/Keolis engineer, and conductor, were well trained and quick acting. Their fast actions absolutely saved a life today," Cohasset Police Chief William Quigley said in a media statement.

The train was traveling about 30 mph before the stop. No one was hurt. Service was delayed for about 30 minutes.

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