This morning's switch problems at 128 have morphed into signal problems at Canton Junction and so Keolis is warning of Trump-level (you know, yuuge) delays on the Providence and Stoughton lines.
Keolis was blaming Amtrak signal problems for the major delays and cancellations on the Providence and Stoughton lines this morning, but Amtrak says, no, not signal problems - switch problems, near the 128 station in Westwood:
Due to a switch outage near Route 128 Station, Amtrak and commuter trains are experiencing delays moving through the area. Amtrak engineering forces are on the scene and are working to resolve the issue as quickly and safely as possible.
Transit Police report a man, about 30, was on the Northeast Corridor tracks near 700 S. Main St. around 10 p.m. when he was hit by an outbound commuter-rail train.
Police say foul play is not suspected.
At least one train has already been cancelled as police investigate the 12:30 p.m. incident, but the T is bracing passengers to expect "significant delays." Mansfield Police report the person is dead - on a stretch of tracks where Amtrak trains travel at well over 100 m.p.h.
The T is warning of delays up to 50 minutes on the Providence Line due to "an Amtrak signal issue near Attleboro Station."
A downed power line near the Rte. 128 station continues to frustrate MBTA commuters, who find their trains running way late, if not just canceled altogether.
Around 9:05 p.m., an Amtrak catenary-testing train slowly moved outbound on the inbound tracks at Readville. Read more.
An overhead wire that obeyed the laws of gravity near the Westwood train station is wreaking havoc on the Northeast Corridor this afternoon, causing massive delays for both Keolis and Amtrak riders in both directions - including many Pearl Jam fans trying to get to Fenway Park for their concert tonight. Read more.
Somebody was hit by a train near Mansfield station this afternoon. The station itself was shut - and the parking lot is closed - and delays persist along the Providence Line.
An Amtrak train headed to Boston lost power this afternoon, and possibly had a bit of a fire, an MBTA commuter-rail train was enlisted to push it to Boston and now things are still bollixed up betwixt Boston and Providence.
People heading into Boston on the Providence/Stoughton Line are not liking how slowly their trains are moving due to what the T says are Amtrak signal problems.
Trains that pass through Forest Hills are being forced to slow down due to Amtrak signal problems, the T reports.
Train 806 from Providence crossed the River Styx just north of Sharon and now it sits there, forlorn and alone, its riders literally in the dark. Tristan, on the train, looks on the bright side:
At least easier to nap in the dark.
In other T news, inbound Red Line trains have "minor" delays due to a switch problem near Andrew; inbound Orange Line trains have similar delays due to signal problems at Ruggles.
Actually, lots of delays out of South Station, but thank goodness: The Patriots train left on time.
Transit Police report an inbound Regional train from New York hit a man on the tracks near Norfolk Street in Mansfield around 11 a.m. - halting both Amtrak and commuter-rail service along the Northeast Corridor. Foul play is not suspected.
Helen Fuller, a New Yorker on the train, 190, reports passengers were being kept on the train - even after northbound service for other trains resumed - and that passengers were kept completely in the dark, even as they learned what was going on from just looking out the window and from social media: Read more.
Riders on the Providence Line lost at commuter-rail roulette big time this morning. A train got to Mansfield and passed to the other side - but not before riders got to sit on it for 45 minutes waiting for a pusher train that itself gave up the ghost - although it turned out it was only mostly dead and so it slogged into Mansfield with its own full complement of exasperated riders and little space in which to cram the passengers from the completely dead train, which, as soon as it was emptied, revived just enough to head back to Providence.
According to T alerts, Needham, Providence and Franklin Line riders who just want to go home are currently delayed due to "congestion."
MBCR explains that, in this case, "congestion" means an outbound Amtrak train was mistakenly switched onto the Needham tracks, which is sort of like the train equivalent of a truck trying to get on Storrow Drive, given that Amtrak trains use electric power and the Needham Line, well, doesn't.
UPDATE: The death toll was updated late this morning, after authorities found a third body.
Two men and a woman in an SUV sitting on the Northeast Corridor tracks in Mansfield died when a Amtrak train heading to Boston slammed into the vehicle around midnight, Transit Police report.
The collision and investigating halted Acela and regional service between Boston and Providence until shortly after 7 a.m., Amtrak reports. Service on the Providence Line was slowed.
Police say they are continuing to investigate why the SUV was on the tracks.
Around 7:50 a.m., a Red Line train ascended in Elijah's whirlwind at Alewife. That was about an hour after train 804 from Providence breathed it last, leaving commuters just hanging around Mansfield until the 806 could get to them, as Joe shows:
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