Man dies after contacting third rail at Park Street MBTA station


The man had “appeared uncertain” in advance, said a spokesman.

Passengers board a Green Line train at Park Street station. A man died there on Saturday after contacting the third rail. Craig F. Walker/Boston Globe staff

A man died at the Park Street MBTA station on Saturday night, officials said. The individual, who has not been publicly identified, came into contact with the third rail, according to MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo.

The incident happened around 10:10 p.m. A preliminary investigation found that the man on the southbound platform “appeared unsteady on his feet,” Pesaturo said. He then fell off the platform and touched the third track.

Foul play is not suspected, Pesaturo said. The Suffolk County Attorney’s Office and Transit Police are still investigating.

This isn’t the only fatal MBTA incident in recent months. In April, Robinson Lalin was killed when his arm was stuck in a Red Line train door. Officials said he had just got off the train but was caught by the train and fatally dragged along. Similar incidents occurred in the 1990s, The Boston Globe reported. Few details have been released about Lalin’s death.

On May 9, a woman was hit and killed by an S-Bahn train in Salem. The woman “entered the right-of-way,” said Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan, a department spokesman globe.

Last September, Boston University professor David K. Jones fell to his death down an abandoned staircase at the JFK/UMass MBTA station. Interim District Attorney Kevin Hayden reported that while fleeing, Jones attempted to climb a rusty, unrepaired stairway that had been locked and unattended for over a year. Both employees and commuters had made multiple service requests regarding the stairs to MBTA, according to records obtained by MBTA globe. Man dies after contacting third rail at Park Street MBTA station

Rick Schindler

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