18-year-old man struck and killed by commuter rail train in Salem

A Salem teen was struck and killed by an MBTA commuter rail train near the west end of Ocean Avenue in Salem shortly after 10 p.m. on Thursday night, according to MBTA officials.

Dominic DeMartino, 18, was hit by a train headed for Newburyport, and pronounced dead at Salem Hospital shortly after, according to Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney’s office, which is aiding Salem police and Transit Police in the investigation.

Officials said the young man was with an unknown number of friends at the time, but all signs indicate the incident to be an accident. No one else was injured. “There’s no foul play suspected,” Monahan said. “They’re still investigating but we don’t believe it to be a criminal matter at this time.”

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Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. spokesman Scott Farmelant said that the passengers of Train 189 were transferred onto MBTA buses. The company runs commuter rail service for the MBTA.

The track was cleared by 11:25 p.m., and trains were allowed to travel through the area at low speeds, Farmelant said.

The incident was the second fatality on the commuter lines in the past three days. A 21-year-old Roslindale man was struck and killed by an inbound commuter rail train in Hyde Park Wednesday night, Pesaturo said.

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