A boy struck and killed by a commuter rail train last night in Gloucester is believed to be a 13-year-old who attended O'Maley Middle School, officials said today.
The boy was struck by a northbound train in the area of Babson Reservoir around 6:30 p.m. Monday, said Steve O'Connell, spokesman for the Essex County District Attorney's office. He said the incident is still under investigation by Gloucester Police and State Police assigned to the district attorney's office.
"There will be strict enforcement of no trespassing around the vicinity of the train tracks," Gloucester Police Chief Michael Lane said in a statement.
Investigators do not suspect foul play.
It wasn't clear why the boy was on the tracks, said Joe Pesaturo, spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
The boy's name has not been released because a positive identification has not yet been made, and because the boy is a juvenile, officials said.
Grief counselors will be at O'Maley Middle School today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon.
"The death of this young boy is hitting our community hard," Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk said in a statement.
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