Motorist killed when commuter train strikes car


HOLBROOK, Mass. (AP) – An 83-year-old motorist was killed when an MBTA commuter train struck his car in Holbrook on Wednesday, authorities said.

The man’s car was stopped on the tracks and in the wrong travel lane when it was hit by a northbound train containing 90 passengers, MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said.

Pesaturo identified the man as Edwin Burrows of Braintree.

The accident happened at the South Street crossing, near the border of Randolph, at about 1:40 p.m., Holbrook fire officials said.

The Dodge Neon with handicapped license plates was stopped between safety gates in the down position, Pesaturo said. Safety bells sounded and lights flashed, he said.

“The early indication is the warning system worked as it is designed to,” he said.

Burrows was pronounced dead at Brockton Hospital, Pesaturo said. An autopsy is planned.

No one else was injured.

Pesaturo said it’s not immediately known how fast the train was moving.

Passengers on the train were brought by bus to a subway station in Braintree.