SWAMPSCOTT — A man was struck and killed by an outbound commuter rail train near Essex Street and Stetson Avenue on Tuesday evening, according to Swampscott Fire Chief Graham Archer.
The man’s death was a suicide, according to MBTA Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan.
“A male intentionally entered the right away as an MBTA Commuter Rail train was approaching,” said Sullivan. “The male was struck and has been pronounced deceased as a result of injuries sustained.”
Transit Police detectives handled the investigation and remained on scene for hours Tuesday evening following the crash, which occurred at approximately 4:45 p.m.; the call came in for a pedestrian struck by a train, Archer said.
The train was stopped adjacent to Stetson Avenue while Transit Police were processing the scene, Archer said.
Sean Atcherley, who owns a home on Stetson Avenue next to the scene of the crash, said he got home at 5 p.m. and saw police officers, firefighters, and EMTs on the scene carrying bolt cutters.