Another pedestrian hit by a train, this time in Ashland

About 18 hours after somebody was hit and killed by a commuter-rail train in Chelsea, somebody has been hit and killed by another train, this time by an Amtrak train in downtown Ashland. Transit Police report a man, 62, was hit and killed by the train at Front Street around 1:50 p.m..

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Sad - but also wondering if there analysis available?

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Seems like a lot of these incidents like this in 2017. Has anyone seen any reporting or analysis regarding how many of these are people trying to hurry past a crossing? How many are merely oblivious people who didn't see or hear the train? How many are suspected suicides? How many victims were impared?

I can see any of the above happening, but am really curious how the stats break out.

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Headphones? I remember one

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Headphones? I remember one years (12?) ago in Chelsea. The girl was walking to the high school on a very cold morning with her hood pulled up tight around her head and she was wearing headphones, I believe. Could've been anyone's kid.

There does seem to be an uptick in these.

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Agree, but the plural of anecdotes

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The plural of anecdotes isn't data.

And yes, I agree that people buried in phones or head-phones could be a factor.

But so could heroin, homelessness, or a million other things including pure randomness.

Would still love to see aggregate data from recent years, as well as trends over time.

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