Boston University student hit, killed by Commuter Rail train in Brighton

BRIGHTON, Mass. (WHDH) — A Boston University student was killed after he was struck by a Commuter Rail train in Brighton.

A preliminary investigation indicates the 17-year-old BU freshman was struck by a Commuter Rail train while trespassing on the right-of-way. Investigators said the student appeared to be crossing the tracks when he was hit by the outbound train, which had 38 passengers on board. He was struck on the tracks under the Mass Pike between Buick Street and Storrow Drive.

According to police, officers responded to a call at around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday for a possible body on the Worcester Line tracks by Boston University under the Mass Pike. Police said the conductor of a second train noticed the body. The train was kept at the scene for three hours before it was allowed to continue.

The student was pronounced dead as a result of the injuries he sustained. The student was from China but his name is being withheld pending family notification. Foul play is not suspected.

Boston University Dean Kenn Elmore is urging students to call their parents to let them know they are safe.

The incident remains under investigation.

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