Amtrak driver dies in RI train fall – NBC Boston
An Amtrak conductor died after falling off the train she was working on near Westerly Station on Saturday afternoon, according to Westerly Rhode Island Police Chief Shawn Lacey.
Train staff realized she was not responding to her radio shortly after leaving the station, so the train stopped to look for her, Lacey said.
“She was getting ready to pull into Westerly station when they opened the gates before they pulled over,” Lacey said. “Something must have happened causing her to fall, she must have been caught under the train and killed as a result.”
Moments later, the 26-year-old Massachusetts woman was found dead on the train tracks about 50 yards south of the High Street Bridge overpass, north of Westerly Station, police said.
The Rhode Island State Medical Examiner was called to the scene to retrieve the body.
Amtrak police will handle the investigation and Westerly police will assist, Lacey said.
The train remained stopped while crews investigated the scene. About an hour later, Amtrak tweeted an update that passengers on the train involved would be getting another train on board to get to their destination.
An Amtrak spokesperson issued the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened to announce today the death of an Amtrak employee in Westerly, RI. We respect the privacy of the family by not naming the employee at this time. been reported and a full investigation is ongoing.”